Improvements on the way for dangerous Oldham County road
OLDHAM COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) – After years of debate, a dangerous stretch of road in Oldham County just outside of Crestwood is getting a major upgrade.
“It's been one accident after another for years,” South Oldham Fire Department assistant chief Kevin Parker said of the road. “Everyone knows about it.”
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet began construction on the $9.6 million project in February. Nestled in a valley between Veterans Memorial Parkway and Abbott Lane, the area of concern is better known by locals as Bridge Hill. But as construction has continued over the past several weeks, neighbors who live near Bridge Hill have realized that they have a price to pay as well.
“They're kind of like a line of ants because of the dump trucks coming and dropping dirt,” said neighbor Mike Leedy. “Then the empty trucks coming out of there.”
The current plan calls for a widening to three lanes which would include a turning lane. The new road will also cut off the curved portion of the road that has led to so many accidents in the past.
“Everything that's happened at Bridge Hill from fatal accidents, to minor accidents to cars over the embankment down the hill into the creek,” Parker said, “So we've had it all.”
Four years ago, KYTC resurfaced the road with a special coating in the hopes of alleviating some of the traffic accidents which have happened in the past. But officials decided the only way to make it better was by putting in a new road, eliminating the curves and hills altogether.
“People have no respect for that hill and that curve,” said Janice Leedy.
Some neighbors living near the new road construction complained about the dust being kicked up from trucks coming in and out of the construction zone, but most agree that the project will be worth it if it means cutting down on traffic accidents.
“It's a necessary thing right now,” Leedy said. “As you can see, we have a mess and hopefully it will be taken care of soon and everything will be better.”
Periodic closings of KY-22 will take place over the course of the next several months as blasting for the project continues. Officials expect the construction to be completed in May of 2016.
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