GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WTVQ) – Safety improvements are coming to a dangerous and deadly stretch of US 25 in Scott County.
ABC 36 learned of the changes one day after a school bus and trash truck collided mirrors on that road.
According to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, the collision happened around 3:00 p.m. on Cincinnati Road (US 25,) near Deer Run Boulevard. No students were hurt.
The Sheriff says the garbage truck was registered out of Cleveland, OH, but was coming from Frankfort. Officials say it was taken to a weigh station for an inspection, and that the truck driver received two citations – one, for a tire that had low tire pressure, and the second due to tires that were rubbing on the third left axle. Kentucky State Police say the truck has been taken out of service.
This is not the first time an incident has happened in the area. In September of last year, a city of Georgetown garbage truck crossed the center line on US 25, hitting another truck and a car. The driver of the car was killed.
Neighbors in the area were very vocal about wanting something done to make the road safer; claiming that because it is so narrow, it is unable to handle the big trash trucks that drive it daily.
The Kentucky Department of Transportation conducted a road safety audit in the fall of 2016.
The audit found signage, speed limits, and passing zones were all appropriate.
Parts of the shoulder were increased and guardrails will be added, the contracts are expected in March. Trees have also been cut back and some of the slope near the road mowed because of the audit.
KYTC will check the pavement elevation when the road is due to be resurfaced and changes could come to the intersection of US 25 and KY 32.
The Sheriff says there have been increased patrols on the road with plenty of citations issued on trucks, but also says the narrow road itself, and the amount of traffic it handles is more of an issue than enforcing traffic laws.
Georgetown and Lexington have both voluntarily changed their trash truck routes to avoid US 25, according to the judge executive.
ABC 36 has learned that the truck involved in Wednesday’s collision was being rented. The company with the lease never returned ABC 36’s request for an interview.
The landfill says it is not commenting on the collision until it has the full report.