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KY 490 Safety Improvements

Item No. 11-9009.00

KY 490 Safety Improvements

Laurel County

Closure Alternate

Location Map

Reroute #1

Reroute #2

 

Project Background

 

The purpose of this project is to improve safety along KY 490 from milepoint 3.012 to milepoint 8.202.  This corridor was identified as having a greater number of crashes than would have otherwise been expected for a similar type of highway with similar levels of traffic.  Various corridor-wide improvements and spot improvements are being proposed to address these safety concerns.  Some of the corridor-wide improvements include widening shoulders and improving roadway geometrics.  Some of the proposed spot improvements include addressing the Y-intersection of KY 490 and KY 1228 as well as the Y-intersection of KY 490 and KY 3434.   

 

KY 490 / KY 3434 Intersection

 

The current intersection of KY 490 and KY 3434 is a Y-intersection.  Where traditional T-shaped intersections require vehicles to slow down or stop before making a turning movement, Y-intersections allow vehicles to make these movements at higher speeds, which can lead to an increase in the number of crashes and the severity of the crashes.  A proposed solution to this problem is to close the intersection of KY 490 and KY 3434 and divert traffic to a different route.

 

Alternate Routes

 

Option #1 – KY 1376

 

For a vehicle traveling south on KY 490, instead of making a left on KY 3434, it would continue south on KY 490 for approximately 0.6 miles, where it would take a left on KY 1376.  It would continue on KY 1376 for approximately 0.3 miles to the intersection of KY 1376 and KY 3434.  The total length of this re-route is approximately 0.9 miles long.  This is approximately 0.3 miles longer than the current direct route.

 

Option #2 – KY 3094

 

For a vehicle traveling south on KY 490, instead of making a left on KY 3434, it would continue south on KY 490 for approximately 1.9 miles, where it would take a left on KY 3094.  It would continue on KY 3094 for approximately 0.6 miles to the intersection of KY 3094 and KY 3434.  The total length of this re-route is approximately 2.5 miles long.  This is approximately 0.9 miles longer than the current direct route.

 

Public Input

 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet would like to seek input from the public about this proposal, especially from drivers who use this road regularly or from people who live in the area.  If you have any questions or concerns about this project, or would like any additional information, please feel free to contact us at the email address below.

 

kytc.District11info@ky.gov

 

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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