Residents who are forced to navigate their way through the intersection of Kentucky 363 and Kentucky 1006 in the Sublimity area had the opportunity Thursday to view potential solutions proposed by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and offer feedback.

Transportation Cabinet officials came to Sublimity Elementary, where they showed computer models of the intersection as it is with turn lanes and traffic lights and also a proposal for a roundabout.

During peak hours, people could watch as the cars backed up waiting for their opportunity to get through the intersection, now set up as a four-way stop.

“We are going to have to do something,” said Wilson Rawlings, who lives south of the intersection on Ky 1006. Rawlings said he has waited up to 20 minutes to get through the intersection. “With the asphalt plant, the new school (Wyan-Pine Grove Elementary) and Lowes opening, it is only going to get worse.”

According to information provided at the meeting by the Transportation Cabinet, a roundabout is circular intersection that allows traffic in all directions to continue to flow. Though there is no traffic signal, there are ground rules which allow traffic to continually flow through the intersection.

Transportation Cabinet officials said 38 of the 50 states have roundabouts in use. Information from the Federal Highway Administration shows a modern roundabout allows for better traffic flow and an increased traffic capacity of 30 to 50 percent.

Quentin Smith, the project manager, said Cabinet officials understand this is a problem that needs to be addressed. There will be at least one more public meeting before a decision is made how to proceed. The project could start in 2008 or 2009 depending on available funding and the design.

Smith could not estimate how long the project would take to complete. “It just depends on weather and other factors,” he said.

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