Plans are proposed to make a Pike County road safer

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

One Pike County road is gaining attention after a number of serious accidents. Plans are now in the works to make the road safer.

A section of US-460 in the Millard community of Pike County has many people concerned.

"The problems have not been just recent. They've always existed," said Millard Middle School Principal Robert Kiser.

Millard Middle School sits right next to the curve, where there have been several accidents in recent years, including some fatalities.

"You have no escape route. You've got the cliff, and you've got the guardrail," said Kiser.

The transportation department is now working on plans to improve the curve and make it a little safer.

"This has been a site that has had several accidents due to different reasons and we feel it needs to be studied," Chief District Engineer Mary Holbrook said.

Officials are creating proposed plans to soften the curve. They want to move the curve into the mountain to make it less sharp.

"We plan to lessen the curve, reduce the speed, maybe widen the shoulders, widen the road," Holbrook said.

Officials at Millard Middle School say the construction delays are the least of their worries as long as the safety issues are fixed.

"A lot of people don't know the curve very well come through there just a little bit too quick," Kiser said.

"If you're not from the area and you're traveling and you come upon the school zone, and you got a curve sometimes that could cause some confusion," Holbrook said.

Officials say it will take time to acquire the right of way for the proposed plan, but they hope to get things started within the next year.

A public meeting to discuss the proposed plans will be held tomorrow night at Millard Middle School from 6:00-8:00.

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