Proposed transportation scenarios for Plano

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PLANO, Ky. (WBKO) -- After continuous growth and development near the Plano area, a study is now being done to try and figure out possible scenarios for improving traffic flow and increasing safety.

"Warren County is growing a lot. By 2040 we're expected to grow 46%," says Karissa Lemon, MPO Coordinator for the Bowling Green-Warren County Metropolitan Planning Organization.

"Plano Road is situated with the fairly recent construction of the Natcher Parkway. It's situated for a lot of development, it's in a good location for that," she adds.

Lemon goes on to say, "We are teamed up with Neel-Schaffer Consultants.They are overseeing the project and directing the project with analyzing the roadway -- safety and capacity issues -- and formulating the transportation improvements."

These proposals were presented to the public at a meeting Tuesday at Plano Elementary School.

Lemon says the meeting consisted of a presentation and time for the public to speak directly with consultants, asking questions about the proposed scenarios and voicing any concerns.

Each proposal gives an estimated cost, ranging anywhere from less than $1 million, all the way up to nearly $13 million.

The proposals also give information about addressing growth, safety, and mobility.

"There are seven transportation scenarios. [The consultants] see the value of public input in this," says Lemon.

Everything up to this point is simply a study.

"It does not ensure construction of any roadway improvement project, it doesn't ensure that there's funding, it doesn't say that construction will occur in two years or five years, but it does help us to know what projects to pursue in the future," says Lemon.

Those attending Tuesday night's public meeting are able to rank the scenarios they prefer on a paper survey, but for those of you unable to make the meeting, you can find the survey online at warrenpc.org/mpo.

We've also attached a direct link to the survey with this web story.

Ben Peterson, executive director of the City County Planning Commission, says he's excited about getting feedback from the public, saying, "Hopefully make a community decision moving forward."

We also spoke with Wes Watt with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, who says, "These meetings provide a great opportunity for people in the community and those who travel through these areas to give input and provide feedback so the best solutions can be put forward to solve transportation issues. It’s important for folks to know they have a voice and we need to hear what concerns people have about current ideas and maybe the development of new ideas. We had a great turn out at the last meeting we had about the Plano area and we hope for that again with tonight’s meeting."

Lemon says after getting public input, the final version of the study is projected to be completed in February 2018.



 
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