Neighbors worry about dangerous road
GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WTVQ) – People in one Georgetown neighborhood are saying enough is enough. They want something done to make U.S. 25 safer following the latest deadly crash.
Friday, the Scott County Sheriff says a city of Georgetown garbage truck crossed the center line on U.S. 25, hitting another truck and a car. The driver of that car, Kim Smith, was killed.
Residents of the Mallard Point neighborhood say Smith was their neighbor. They’re heartbroken and don’t want this to happen again.
They say the narrow road can’t handle the big trucks that drive up and down it daily. Residents say the trucks increased about six months ago when garbage from Fayette County started being dropped off at a nearby landfill.
A spokesperson for the city email ABC 36 this statement:
“We are sorry for the loss of life. It’s a U.S. / state route, which allows freight movement. Lexington cannot make decisions about where to locate a landfill in Scott County – that decision would have been made by officials there. And even if Lexington decided to take its garbage to another landfill, it would not stop others from using the Scott County facility.”
Bruce Kohnz is the president of the Mallard Point Owners Association. He says this is a very emotional issue for many people living in the area but he hopes everyone can work together to find a solution.
“So my objective is, what can we do to improve the conditions and to reduce the chances that another accident, regardless of whether it’s with a truck or a passenger car or anything, is reduced,” said Kohnz.
Residents say there’s no shoulder on the road, that it is crumbling and just isn’t safe. Kohnz and other people in the neighborhood are brainstorming ways to improve it.
A few options being discussed are: widening the road, decreasing the speed limit or blocking trucks.
KYTC says there isn’t any funding to widen the road and right now it isn’t a priority.
The sheriff has stepped up enforcement in the area and says soon troopers will get federal training that will allow them to perform random inspections of vehicles on site. He hopes this will help lower the amount of accidents.
Lawmakers are also looking into options.