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July 24, 2013

Transportation Dept. reveals plans for U.S. 25

Widening project is not yet funded


What has been described as a “deadly stretch of road” between London and Corbin is being reviewed for improvements.

A public meeting displaying proposed routes for widening of U.S. 25-South between Ky. 1006 at the Levi Jackson State Park to the intersection of U.S. 25 and U.S. 25-E, also known locally as “Malfunction Junction,” was held at Hunter Hills Elementary Thursday. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet hosted the meeting in order to hear input from citizens in the area.

The proposal includes a widening project with two options: a five-lane roadway with turning lanes or a four-lane divided highway with a median and turning points as designated.

Another option is whether to follow the existing roadway between London and Corbin or to create a by-pass that will cut through the Fariston community before linking back with U.S. 25-South.

Jonathan Dobson, public affairs officer for the Cabinet’s District 11 office in Manchester, said the nine-mile stretch of roadway that runs parallel to Interstate 75 and connects London and Corbin is “a very concerning road regarding safety.”

“There have been numerous accidents, some fatal,” Dobson said. “There is a lot of congestion through this section and the level of transportation over the roadway will increase over the next several years.”

Dobson said the proposed improvements would be to widen the highway to a five-lane road with a 45 mph speed limit and would have no median. The other option is a four-lane divided highway with a grass median between the north and south-bound lanes with turning sections.

“The divided highway, which we recommend, gives you better control of access,” Dobson said.

U.S. 25-South now has two lanes with the exception of a three-lane just past Robinson Creek Road. That section of roadway has a 55 mph speed limit.

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