Intersection Improvements Aim To Reduce Crashes
By Leah Long
PADUCAH, KY - Paducah's City commission got an overview Tuesday evening of improvements coming to three intersections, with a goal of reducing the number of crashes.

Kentucky Department of Transportation District 1 Engineer Mike McGregor explained the improvements to the intersections are through the Highway Safety Improvement Program, a federally funded program that will not involved any state or local dollars for the work.

Keith Damron of American Engineers, Inc., the company contracted to do the work, addressed the commission Tuesday evening to discuss details of the project. He said the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet analyzes crash data to pinpoint problem areas. "And these three intersections were three that rose to the top in District One to be looked at, with a good opportunity to be able to eliminate crashes that are currently occurring," He said .

The intersections scheduled to be improved include 3rd Street at Jefferson Street, 28th Street at Broadway and Hinkleville Road at Friedman Lane.

At 3rd Street and Jefferson Street, crash statistics show 25% of the crashes are due to side-swipes. The Cabinet plans to create a neck-down bulb out configuration, which will improve a driver’s visibility at the intersection. At the intersection of 28th Street and Broadway, 34% of the crash are rear-end with 34% of the crashes at an angle. The solutions will be to change the lane patterns by re-striping and adding more signage to create designated left only, through traffic, and right only lanes.

The solutions for the intersection of U.S. 60 and Friedman Lane include the addition of striping to create a right turn lane off U.S. 60 and the installation of channels to designate driveways into Hancock’s.

According to Damron, the projects are slated for a May bid letting. Work on the intersections could begin this summer, and be completed this year.

McGregor also gave a quick update regarding the I-24 exit 4 interchange improvement project. He says the design is complete and the State is working to finalize agreements with utilities and purchasing easements. The State has already approved the funds for the project. The project does include the addition of a multi-use sidewalk path on the north side of U.S. 60 from Coleman Road almost to James Sanders Boulevard.

In other business, the commission:

• Approved a municipal order approved authorizing the Fire Prevention & Safety Grant Application to the Department of Homeland Security.  The grant request is for $22,800 which would require a match of $1200. If awarded, the grant would be used to help fund the 7th annual Combined Conference for Fire Service, Electrical, and Building Professionals.

• Approved municipal order, in a  4 to 1 vote - with Commissioner Richard Abraham voting no - authorizing change order #1 with Central Paving of Paducah for the Noble Park Tennis Court Reconstruction Project.  This change order increases the contract amount by $30,080 due to subsurface water conditions that created difficulties in setting the asphalt.  The change order results in a total contract of $207,089.95 for the project which involved the installation of new tennis court surfaces for the six tennis courts.  The Noble Park Tennis Courts are the only public tennis courts in Paducah.

• Approved a municipal order accepting the bid and authorizing a contract with Harper Construction, LLC for concrete unit prices and excavation rates for the 2018 and 2019 calendar years.  A one-year renewal option for 2020 is included in the contract.

• Approved a municipal order accepting the bid and authorizing a contract with Central Paving of Paducah for the grinding of tree debris and yard waste at the Compost Facility at an hourly rate of $600.  This contract is for the remainder of the 2018 calendar year and includes three optional one-year term renewals.

•  approved a motion by Mayor Harless to direct Planning Director Tammara Tracy to create a tree conservation plan for inclusion in the zoning ordinance.


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Published 09:12 PM, Tuesday Mar. 13, 2018
Updated 10:13 AM, Wednesday Mar. 14, 2018

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