Roundabout Public Meeting

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Bowling Green has been no stranger to road construction projects recently, but now, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways is proposing a project that will be the first of its kind here.

The department held a public meeting today to educate people and hear their opinions about a roundabout.

The proposed two lane roundabout would be at the intersection of the US 31-W Bypass, University Blvd. and Loving Way. The purpose is to reduce traffic buildup on the bypass and nearby Chestnut Street.

One woman lives near the intersection, and she isn't sold on the idea.

"Traffic is going to be constantly moving, and as traffic gets heavier and heavier, they're going to be more and more problems," said concerned driver Nancy Baird.

Another woman works close by and her students travel these roads frequently.

"This project, they've said is really intended to take on the traffic for the next 20 years. Without it, if you've ever driven through that intersection at peak traffic times, it stacks," said WKU Director of parking And Transportation Services Jennifer Tougas.

Reducing traffic isn't the only goal. Engineers say improving driver safety is just as important.

"If there are any crashes within a roundabout... the conflict points are fewer, eight down from 32, and the accidents tend to be at a lower speed," said Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Dept. of Highways Chief Engineer Greg Meredith.

It's will be the first two lane roundabout in the city, and he says it may take some getting used to.

"We hope that adjustment period is short. We want to make to make the roundabout intuitive. It's going to be marked and signed very well. It's going to be an easy process to see where you need to be," said Meredith.

Meredith and other members of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet were on hand to explain this process tonight. Meredith says he hopes construction will begin by the start of summer in 2014.

You can find more information on the project by clicking on the related link below.

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