Safety improvements being made to one Pike County intersection

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

The Kentucky Transportation Department is making safety improvements after several crashes at the intersection of U.S. 23 and 460 in Pike County. Some of those crashes have been deadly.

A flower wreath sits at the intersection in memory of people who lost their lives at the site.

"There's been numerous amount of wrecks there, at least two recent fatal I can think of," said Bruce Collins, Pikeville Police Accident Reconstructionist.

Collins says many crashes are caused by people turning left from U.S. 460 onto 23.

"Anytime you have vehicles doing onto a four lane highway going across two lanes of oncoming traffic to get in to the two lanes of traffic going the other direction you want to go, you have safety concerns," said Sara George with Highway District 12.

The transportation department is making changes and taking out the left turn.

On the other side, they are expanding the on ramp to northbound U.S. 23 from 460. Once complete, drivers will turn right from Food City and the other businesses, drive around to go under the bridge and use the on ramp to merge onto U.S. 23 north.

They will then put up blockers so people cannot turn left at the intersection from 460 onto 23.

"I think that will help tremendously," said Collins.

"We definitely think these changes will reduce crashes and will probably save lives," said George.

The work should be finished in a few weeks.

The project costs $260,000.

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