The state closes an accident-prone intersection for repairs

Using funds available through the federal Highway Safety Improvement Act, Kentucky has designated a notorious section of state highway for repairs to improve the safety hazard it poses for drivers. The project will cost in excess of $1.5 million, and the road will be closed to motorists for at least four weeks. This is one of three local projects identified as in need of immediate attention, a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesperson said.

According to KTC reports, the specific intersection in question has been the scene of 18 reported crashes in the last few years. However, the necessity to replace the guardrail at the intersection numerous times other than due to reported incidents makes it likely that additional unreported car accidents occurred there as well. Additionally, 16 crashes occurred along a nearby section of one of the intersecting roads. In all, a 3-mile section of highway has been identified as problematic.

One of the priorities for the project is to straighten out a main section of one of the roadways, which is now a large curve as it approaches the intersection. In addition, the current configuration of the intersection resembles a "Y" shape, which transportation experts have acknowledged creates visibility issues for drivers. After reconstruction, the intersection will be more in the shape of a familiar "T."

Driver negligence is a common cause of car accidents, but it is not the only reason injury crashes occur. A car accident attorney may explain that municipalities also have a duty to drivers to maintain local roadways in a safe manner that is reasonable under the circumstances. Failure to do so might result in compensation for the injured party.

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