Construction Changes In Georgetown Upset Drivers

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Updated: 8/31/2012 12:36 am
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says many roads are too wide for the amount of traffic they see.  The Cabinet says that extra space makes roads more dangerous, but drivers in Georgetown aren't buying those claims.

The state narrowed one of Georgetown's busiest roads to increase safety, but drivers say the only thing it increased is the length of their commute.

"Look at the back up," said Frank Hambrick, of Georgetown. 

The state narrowed Broadway Street from four lanes down to two, and added a left-turn-lane.  The state calls it a road diet.

"The reason for this is to increase safety, and to reduce accidents, and to slow traffic," said Natasha Lacy, a Public Information Officer for the Transportation Cabinet.

As designed, traffic is slowed, and the changes have drivers upset.

"I think they're terrible, because of traffic and people working and you know traveling back and forth on this road.  It's just too small," said Evelyn Howard, of Georgetown.

People are taking to Facebook to vent.  The page "Change Broadway Back" has 662 likes. 

One of the changes those followers don't like is a new bike lane on Broadway, which one driver says is unneeded.

"I've never seen one person riding a bike yet so far, so I just don't really get why they did it," pondered Austin Raisor of Georgetown.

The Road Diet began in the middle of the summer, and the Transportation Cabinet is still trying to time the lights correctly.  When that's completed in about a month, the state expects traffic to flow better. 
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