Several residents attended Monday’s Elizabethtown City Council meeting to express their concern regarding the Brown-Pusey House and the mini-roundabout slated to be implemented at the intersection of Main and Poplar streets.
This location is one of two mini-roundabouts ready for construction, with five others on the horizon. The second ready for construction is at the intersection of Crutcher and Main streets.
According to Brad Bottoms of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the mini-roundabouts are safety-driven improvements based on crash history as part of the Highway Safety Improvement Program. He said they are federally paid for safety improvements.
The city and program staff worked together to secure federal money. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is overseeing the design and construction.
Al Freeland, vice president of the Brown-Pusey House board, said he and other representatives of the downtown historical home previously met with state and city engineers to address concerns they had.
Some of those concerns included the footprint of the intersection – which will remain the same as it is now – how work might affect the integrity of the house, crosswalks, traffic and pedestrian safety.
Bottoms said the mini-roundabout should not have any more of an effect than a typical asphalt job.
Paul Sanders, also of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, said they will advise the contractor to proceed with caution to further ensure integrity is not compromised.
In terms of traffic safety, Bottoms said installing the mini-roundabout should actually make the intersection safer than the current four-way stop and make it less likely for an accident to occur that could damage the Brown-Pusey House.
Additionally, Bottoms said they will have well-marked crosswalks with splitter islands, which allow pedestrians to cross only one traffic stream at a time. He also noted the entire median of the roundabout is mountable so larger vehicles, such as emergency vehicles, will be able to easily maneuver the intersection.
No personal property will be taken as part of the project, Bottoms said.
Though the start date for construction is not yet determined, Bottoms said a fixed completion date for the first two mini-roundabouts is June 15.
Once started, Bottoms said construction of the mini-roundabout should take 21 days.
For the Brown-Pusey House, Freeland said the best time to complete the project would be when there is not a lot of activity at the house.
Freeland said they have “full faith and confidence in the engineers of the city, state and contractors that they’ll do this job the way it’s supposed to be done.”
“They know our concerns,” he said.
The five future projects are:
• Executive Drive at Commerce Drive
• Dolphin Drive at Josale Drive
• Poplar Street at Sycamore Street
• Poplar Street at Mantle Avenue
• Woodland Drive at Laymen Lane