Construction Changes In Georgetown Upset Drivers

Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
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. 
Share
0 Comment(s)
Comments: Show | Hide

Here are the most recent story comments.View All

No comments yet!
Most Popular
UPDATE: Name Of Victim In Fatal Lexington Crash Released
The name of the woman killed in a Lexington crash early Saturday morning has been released.
Motorcyclists Injured While Parked On Side Of I-75
A group of riders parked on I-75 under an overpass were hit by a van after it hydroplaned into them Saturday night. Video Video
Progress Report: Hemp Is Looking Good
Hemp is now back in the hands of just a few farmers, taking part in a hemp pilot program. A Rockcastle County farmer has dedicated his summer to growing the crop. Video Video
UPDATE: Man Hit And Killed By Train Identified
A man hit and killed in Lexington by a train Friday morning has been identified.
One Dead, One Seriously Injured In Overnight Crash
The driver of a car was seriously injured and his passenger was killed in an accident early Saturday morning.
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
   

WTVQ.com supports children's privacy rights. All persons under the age of 13 MUST have parental permission to use this website and direct parental supervision is strongly recommended.