Officials discuss proposed improvements for Ky. 53 from Ky. 22

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By Laura Hagan

More than 30 residents attended a recent public meeting to discuss proposed improvements to Ky. 53 from Ky. 22 to I-71.

The meeting, hosted by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, offered information about the current state of Ky. 53 and three different options for improvements. According to literature distributed at the meeting, part of the current roadway is made up of two 10-foot wide lanes with grass shoulders, moving to 12-foot wide travel lanes with 8-foot wide grass shoulders and finally four 12-foot lanes with a 16-foot paved median.

One of several other goals for the project is to find a way to deal with the forecasted increase of traffic on Ky. 53 over the next 20 years, which KYTC officials said is expected to double.

In addition to the three corridor alignments proposed, there are also two more options for the roadways’ design. This includes a rural and urban section. While a rural typical section wouldn’t be a major change in the road’s current design, an urban typical section would add curbs, gutters and a five-foot sidewalk on either side.

Residents can submit comments to KYTC by Oct. 9. Comment forms include questions about environmental features that may impact the project to the importance of sidewalks. KYTC plans to review comments, conduct environmental studies and host another public meeting.

For information, including the brochure, questionnaire, photos and presentation from the meeting, visit www.transportation.ky.gov/D5/d5.asp.

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