By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer
Congestion on U.S. 25 South in London can be unbearable during certain traffic periods, especially during morning and afternoon rush hour, as well as when school is in session in the area around South Laurel High School.
Officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet say they’ve got a project that would improve Route 25, and they would like your input at a public information meeting next month.
That meeting will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at South Laurel High School.
“One of the complaints that we hear from folks is that they’re discouraged from visiting those businesses along Route 25 because of the heavy traffic on that road. There are times of the day when it’s really a problem to get on the road due to the times of peak congestion,” said Jonathan Dobson, public affairs officer for Transportation Cabinet’s District 11 Office in Manchester.
The project starts at the intersection of U.S. 25 and KY 1006 — the entrance to Levi Jackson State Park — and continues north past the intersection of KY 192, ending at the intersection of KY 229.
The meeting will give the public a chance to see design alternates for the project, which some involve improvements to the existing route, while others show a new alignment. Dobson said Monday that new alignment would deal with two roads helping to deal with one big problem.
“We’ll show maps and proposals, with some of the proposals showing efforts to widen the road. One that we’re looking at is an alignment that would show taking U.S. 25’s traffic and diverting it onto what we call KY 229. That proposal would allow thru traffic to bypass South Laurel High School. And at that same time, those motorists using U.S. 25 to South Laurel High or the businesses along that highway would not have to deal with the thru traffic,” he added.
Representatives with the Transportation Cabinet’s district office will be on hand to listen to comments and respond to questions during the two-hour session. They ask that anyone having an interest in the project, or own property affected by the project, to attend the meeting.