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wriddle082:

--- Quote from: seicer on November 28, 2023, 10:07:26 AM ---https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/1ff6f05bf7bf4e2b90382ba31f2fa298

"The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is conducting a planning study along KY 168 Blackburn Avenue/Wheatley Road between US 60 in Ashland and Hoods Creek Pike in Westwood--a distance of about 1.7 miles. This study will analyze existing conditions and proposed future traffic to identify options for improving mobility and safety for all users along the KY 168 corridor."

It looks like the Iroquois Algonquin Avenue leg of the five-way intersection at US 60/KY 168 may be closing for good if the improvements get underway (A2). The longer turn lanes on both US 60 and KY 168 are long needed (A3).

Generally, the road needs slightly wider lanes and standardized sidewalks on one side of the road. There are too many areas where the sidewalks don't exist, too narrow, or obstructed with poles and fire hydrants.

KYTC is collecting community input through December 1, 2023 and will wrap up the study in early 2024.

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That intersection and stretch of Blackburn/Wheatley has been a big part of my life growing up, as my mom, brothers, and I lived off of 13th St (US 60) and my grandparents lived off of Wheatley.

Yes, the left turn lanes have been completely inadequate since at least the 80’s.  But the biggest issue I’m seeing is how are they going to acquire any land to make any improvements?  Sure, closing off the Algonquin (FIFY above) leg, or at least making it RIRO, will help, but it’s not necessarily going to create room for longer turn lanes, since two out of five corners have buildings built up to the sidewalks.

seicer:
It looks like they will be cutting into the land on the east side of US 60 to add the right turn lane and elongate the left turn lane. The Tudor Revival building at the southwest corner of the intersection (originally a grocery store and apartments) is being rehabilitated after being abandoned for some years. The building at the northeast corner is now occupied by a medical office.

I think a better solution would have been to have four-phase signaling so there wouldn't necessarily be a need for longer turn lanes or right-of-way width.

seicer:
https://us60connectivitystudy.com/

"The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is conducting the US 60 Connectivity Study to examine the feasibility, costs, and impacts of a potential new US 60 corridor and Ohio River crossing between Barlow, KY and I-57 north of Cairo, IL."



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I am not sure of the need for such a bridge considering the state is proposing to replace the US 51 and US 60 bridge with a new two-lane structure in the near future.

Edit: It appears that this bridge project would replace, not supplement, the US 51 and US 60 bridge between Cairo and Wickliffe. From their FAQ:

"The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s US 60 Connectivity Study (Item 1-80250) is a regional project to study an alternative route and potential new bridge crossing connecting Western Kentucky and Southern Illinois. This study is being conducted by KYTC to determine if a new corridor and river crossing would offer more long-term value to the Commonwealth and traveling public than the proposed US 51 Bridge Replacement (Item No. 1-1140) between Wickliffe, Ky., and Cairo, Il."

"Bridge construction is both expensive and long-term as bridges remain in service for many decades. With the need to replace the existing US 51 bridge connecting Wickliffe and Cairo, KYTC is considering other options proposed by local officials and stakeholders to determine an optimal solution to address long-term, cross-river mobility needs to best serve the region."

"A northern route between Barlow, Ky., and Mound City, Il., was considered as a potential alternative during the planning process for the US 51 Bridge Replacement project as a more direct connection to Interstate 57 in Illinois. A 2013 study dismissed the route early in the planning process because it did not meet a defined goal of that study to maintain travel time between Wickliffe, Ky., and Cairo, Il.

This study will not prioritize a direct connection between Wickliffe and Cairo. Instead, the US 60 Connectivity Study is gathering data based on broader, regional needs and assessing potential impacts to travel, the environment, economic development as well as estimated costs to complete."

hbelkins:
Overall, a new US 60 corridor is of greater benefit to Kentucky than is maintaining the current travel time between Wickliffe and Cairo. It sounds like KYTC moved the goalposts a bit to get a more desired result.

I'm not sure how far west of Paducah the four-lane US 60 extends, but that route has been incrementally widened westward the past few years.

jnewkirk77:

--- Quote from: hbelkins on December 01, 2023, 10:35:31 AM ---Overall, a new US 60 corridor is of greater benefit to Kentucky than is maintaining the current travel time between Wickliffe and Cairo. It sounds like KYTC moved the goalposts a bit to get a more desired result.

I'm not sure how far west of Paducah the four-lane US 60 extends, but that route has been incrementally widened westward the past few years.

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Last time I was down there (within the past 2 years), the four-lane still ended just east of Kevil. I don't recall any construction ongoing at that time.

I'll be interested to see how well they can sell the projected $1.2-1.3 billion cost, environmental impacts and so on, all in the interest of saving 10 minutes of drive time.

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