The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, in partnership with the Federal Highways Administration, is seeking public input regarding proposed improvements to KY 251 (Shepherdsville Road) between Ring Road and Battle Training Road.
According to a cabinet news release, this is in partial fulfillment of National Environmental Policy Act requirements.
The purpose of the project is to improve safety along the KY 251 corridor which connects Ring Road to the Radcliff/Fort Knox area. Currently, KY 251 between Ring Road and Battle Training Road has narrow driving lanes which vary from 9.0 to 9.5 feet wide. Shoulders are minimal, leaving very little recovery area for motorists, according to the news release. The vertical grade also is substandard with 37 of 45 vertical curves along the route not providing adequate stopping sight distance at a 55 mph travel speed. There were 67 crashes reported along the route between 2013 and 2016, including one fatal crash and 10 injury crashes.
The Preferred Alternative involves widening the existing road to 11-foot travel lanes with six-foot shoulders, including four feet paved at a 45 mph design speed. This option is preferred because it limits right-of-way impacts, minimizes cost and meets the project purpose and need, the release said.
Project limits extend from the improved section just south of Bluegrass Road to encompass the Battle Training Road intersection, which will be reconstructed as a roundabout. The intersection with Wooldridge Ferry Road will be realigned opposite Bates Road. Other build alternatives and a “No Build” option were considered in a 2012 Planning Study but were dismissed due to available funding and severity of impacts.
Exhibits and additional information may be found at the KYTC District 4 website: https://transportation.ky.gov/DistrictFour/Pages/default.aspx
Comments need to be addressed to Kevin Blain, project manager, by Dec. 31. He can be reached at Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, 634 E. Dixie Ave., Elizabethtown, KY 42701 or at Kevin.Blain@ky.gov