By Sean Bailey
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet held a public information meeting for the proposed reconstruction of 10th Street in Williamsburg on Thursday.
Sandy Rudder, public information officer for the transportation cabinet said the proposal includes widening the road between KY 92 and the Second Street intersection, building a raised bridge over Brier Creek, and a safer intersection at Second Street. The reconstruction is projected to begin 2010.
Transportation Cabinet Branch Engineer Joey Mosley said there are two proposed options for the 10th and Second Street intersection. One is a traditional “signal” intersection — one that uses lights to control traffic. The other option would be a European-style roundabout.
“The roundabout could be slightly more expensive than the traditional intersection, but it would be more safe, and it would increase road capacity,” Mosley said.
Mosley added that roundabouts are relatively new to the area, but there would be town meetings and signage to clear up any confusion. Locally, the Knox County Courthouse is located in the middle of a roundabout.
The grade of the road would also be raised, which would fix the extremely sharp curve that now exists just before Brier Creek. Flooding problems associated with the creek would also be addressed by the reconstruction.
“The creek gets wild at times and floods in heavy rain. There will be a new raised bridge to alleviate the problem,” Mosley said.
Several homes along 10th Street will have to be demolished for the reconstruction. Terry Petry’s home is one of the properties that is in the proposed path of the new road.
“We’ve been told that we would be re-located to what they said would be a comparable lodging. It seems like we will be accommodated,” Terry Petrey said.
The accommodations won’t make the move completely easy, though. Terry’s son Andrew has only known one home his entire life.
By Sean Bailey
- Local News
London-Laurel Tourism Commission budget approved
The 2014-2015 budget for the London-Laurel County Tourism Commission was approved at Tuesday’s meeting, according to Co-Director Kim Collier.
London-Laurel Chamber holds monthly meeting
The London-Laurel County Chamber of Commerce held its monthly meeting Thursday afternoon at the Jackson Energy Cooperative Community Room.
Budget amendment gets first read
Barbourville City Council members held the first reading of a budget amendment during a special-called meeting Wednesday.
Community garden meeting coming April 25
Some folks in Knox County are looking at bringing some green space to Barbourville, and they need some help. But first, they’ll have an informational meeting on the community garden project next Friday, April 25.
Crash on Wyan Road seriously injures two
Two men remain in a Lexington hospital with serious injuries Wednesday, after they were involved in a one-car crash west of London Tuesday evening.
Public meeting at Goldbug Vol. Fire and Rescue Dept.
A public meeting is slated for 8 p.m. tonight at Goldbug Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, located at 869 Highway 26, Williamsburg.
Cumberland Falls now has ‘Butterfly Waystation’
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park has now officially become the first state park in Kentucky to have a “ButterFly Waystation.”
Woman questions judge/exec about daughter’s emergency care
Tensions exploded during Tuesday’s regular Whitley County Fiscal Court meeting — and much of the tension appeared to stem from an issue one woman has concerning her daughter’s care during an emergency situation alleged to have happened in the county.
Floss, Pyatt to perform at Corbin High
Promising “An Evening of Fun and Entertainment,” humorist, comedian and storyteller Howard Floss will join multi-award winning singer and songwriter Dale Pyatt on stage in Corbin on Saturday, May 17.
Leaders meet to plan Laurel River Lake Cleanup event
Leaders involved in the annual Laurel River Lake Cleanup met Tuesday to plan for the event.
- More Local News Headlines
- London-Laurel Tourism Commission budget approved