Jeffersonville residents complain of dangerous traffic through Hamburg Pike
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jeffersonville neighbors say big trucks are causing big problems on their streets, but they sat it's more than just construction that is to blame.
"I'm glad I didn't check my mailbox at that time because if that would have happened, I would have been worse than that garbage bin," Mihai Scoarta said, pointing the wreckage in his front yard.
He says it's indicative of a problem that needs to be fixed.
"This is not a highway," Scoarta said. "Theres a 25 miles per hour limit."
He says increased traffic from cars and construction vehicles on Hamburg Pike in Jeffersonville is a constant issue.
"It's an ongoing battle, everyday this happens," he told WDRB.
Neighbors say part of the problem with the traffic stems from the Ohio River Bridges project.
"The semi trucks come through here, there's dump trucks, there's construction equipment that comes through here," Scoarta said.
The city says it's discussed diverting trucks and traffic from Hamburg Pike while construction is ongoing. But city leaders say it's only a temporary issue.
In the mean time, Scoarta say's he's worried about safety.
"I'm just concerned of the safety of the children, the older people coming up to their mailbox," Scoarta said.
Last year, a construction project to widen Hamburg Pike in the opposite direction for two miles was completed at a cost of about $6 million. Scoarta says he wishes it would have extended down his stretch of Hamburg Pike but is intead asking for a little more attention.
"Maybe have more of a police presence," he suggested. "Let's do something to prevent injuries and bad things from happening."
The city says it hasn't received any complaints about the traffic but knows the volume has increased.
The hope is that it'll go down once the bridges project is complete.
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