New traffic pattern set for KY-22 in Oldham County - WDRB 41 Louisville News

New traffic pattern set for KY-22 in Oldham County

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OLDHAM COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) – A dangerous stretch of road in Oldham County will see a shift in traffic flow Friday afternoon.

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. Now, lanes will finally shift over to the new bridge.

“We're still working at either end at Abbots lane and 329 building the turning lanes,” said Kentucky Transportation Spokesperson Andrea Clifford . “But many people out there are going to be relieved to be driving on a newer, straighter section of roadway."

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,” South Oldham Fire Department assistant chief Kevin Parker said of the road. “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.

KYTC says on an average day, 9,200 vehicles use the road so the widening is part of the motivation as well.

“It is to improve the flow of traffic,” Clifford said. “People from that part of Oldham County into Crestwood or headed to the interstate. It can be very heavily traveled.”

Additional work on the turning lanes on either side of the bridge is expected to be completed in May of 2016.

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