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Letters to the Editor- March 7, 2019

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By The Staff

Changes needed for Interstate 71

On Thursday, Feb. 28, WDRB on their 4 p.m. news broadcast told about the new signs being installed on I-71 warning people if there is an accident or major slowdown on the road. It’s amazing that 14-mile stretch of I-71 in Oldham County is so dangerous that signs have to be posted to warn people. County Judge-Executive David Voegele said there were 303 accidents on that stretch last year. I live in La Grange and drive to Louisville several times during the week. My partner drives that route back and forth to Louisville every day for work. People never obey the speed limit and it’s a major route North and South for truckers. I believe the speed limit should be reduced to 55 between La Grange and Louisville by the state. It’s actually reduced to 65 at the Gene Snyder Expressway and down to 55 two miles before the I-264. And, the Kentucky State Police need to heavily patrol that stretch. Cars do slow down when police are present. In the past year, I’ve seen the state police on that stretch only three times. 303 accidents? That’s ridiculous. Changes need to be made.

-David Burton, La Grange