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Improvements planned for accident-prone stretch of US 25E in Corbin

By: Matthew Rand Email
By: Matthew Rand Email

CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT) - An accident-prone stretch of US 25E in Corbin could soon get a makeover.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet held a meeting Monday looking for public input on improving the road.

It is a stretch of highway that saw 947 collisions, 429 injuries and five deaths from 2007 through 2012.

A new project aims to prevent accidents and help traffic move through the area more smoothly.

"The thing we want to do is reduce congestion, reduce collisions, because this area is expected to continue to grow," said Les Dixon, spokesman for Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 11.

The project would reconstruct and possibly widen US 25E from the I-75 interchange to the Corbin Bypass.

"When you have a high-density development, as there is along 25E, with a lot of access points to the roadway, you have a lot of conflicts, you have a lot conflicts with turning motorists," said Brad Gregory, a civil engineer working on the project.

Some of the measures engineers are considering include adding more turn lanes and traffic signals, and reworking how drivers access businesses from the highway.

"Reconfiguration of many of the frontage roads that we have out there, linking those up, coming up with a consistent transportation circulation plan will be one of the key goals of the project," Gregory said.

Before any plans for construction are drawn up, officials say they want the voices of the people who live and work along 25E to be heard.

"When you get more opinions, when you get their thoughts, it can do nothing but help this project because they know this area," Dixon said.

Much more has to happen before construction can begin, which officials say could be five to ten years down the road.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is planning more public meetings to gather input.

The cabinet will accept comments on the project until January 16th of next year.

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