Bumper to Bumper: Part 2

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

"Everybody tries to avoid Scottsville Road at certain times. At certain times a day, you'll have 36,000 people on that roadway."

As the traffic congestion in Bowling Green seemingly worsens, both the state and local officials are taking notice and doing what they can to fix the problem.

"We do have our eyes on the problem. It’s a matter of applying the technology and the engineering in a timely fashion," says Jeff Moore of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Jeff Lashee of Public Works adds, "We're looking at impacts of the developments and where roads need to go. So with this planning element, we're looking at future demands on all roads through Bowling Green."

To combat growing traffic issues in the past, Campbell Lane was widened to four lanes.

Now, the city is also looking to use signage to alert drivers of long waits and wrecks on the road that would further delay traffic.

They are also counting on money from the state budget to work on projects that will hopefully make more room on the roads.

"The general assembly has just approved what we call our six-year plan. It will be a plan of projects that will be scheduled and funded between 2007 actually, starting from July 1st of 2006 to, from that point through 2012," says Moore.

Some of the projects will include work on the inter-urban loop of Lovers Lane, Veterans Memorial, and Campbell Lane.

Lovers Lane would also be expanded to a five lane road.

In addition, a study on how to improve the intersections of University Boulevard and Chestnut Street would be conducted.

"There's a project to widen Nashville Road to five lanes: curb, gutter and sidewalk from the Natcher Parkway to about Emmitt Drive. Then there's another project to widen Nashvile Road to three lanes from Emmitt up to University Boulevard."

Even though there are many pots in the fire to remedy this situation, it may take a while before people see the desired affects of these projects.

Lashlee notes," The congestion situation didn't happen overnight. It took sometime to get to that point. Likewise a cure-all situation in-and-of itself doesn't exist but over time we feel we can make improvements to this."

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