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Avalanchez71:
Per the Warren County-Bowling Green Metropolitan Planning Organization

The section of US 31W Bypass from the roundabout at University Drive to Lehman Avenue may see a road diet come to fruition in the next few years. A study conducted by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) with work completed by consulting firm, Strand Associates, analyzed the feasibility of a road diet on this section of the Bypass. The US 31W Bypass was built in the late 1940s as a narrow four-lane corridor located on the edge of the urban boundary at that time. Overtime the Bypass has become a heavily developed commercial corridor with a high density of entrances and approaches, and the current roadway exhibits very poor access control. The number of entrances and approaches generate frequent left-turn movements from the interior through lane, which reduces roadway capacity and increases crashes. Furthermore, the high frequency of access points creates additional safety concerns for bicycles and pedestrians along the route. To that end, the MPO and partnering agencies seek to improve safety and mobility for all roadway users along the Bypass corridor.

 

A road diet uses a roadway’s existing pavement footprint to restripe or reconfigure its travel lanes. In the instance of the Bypass, it is proposed to take the four travel lanes down to three – with one travel lane in each direction and one two-way left turn lane. This is a cost-effective solution to improve safety and mobility for all users.

https://www.warrenpc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/2020-BG-WC-MPO.US31W-Final-Report-Only.pdf

hbelkins:
Been a long time since I've been on that stretch of road, but this can't hurt. Cars waiting to turn left out of the left lane jam things up in places without dedicated turn lanes. The road diet for US 127 through downtown Harrodsburg definitely helped.

seicer:
That's probably a great thing considering the high number of accidents. It has a limited right-of-way width and it's in a fairly built-up corridor with no room for expansion, and other portions of US 31W (to the south) are already three lanes. If there are any traffic concerns, they can use the US 68//US 231 bypass to the north and west.

A similar "diet" should be considered for US 60 east of downtown Frankfort which has a similar setup - four lanes with no turn lanes, a high number of conflicting intersections and driveways, and a higher than usual number of accidents.

hbelkins:

--- Quote from: seicer on June 01, 2022, 02:36:06 PM ---A similar "diet" should be considered for US 60 east of downtown Frankfort which has a similar setup - four lanes with no turn lanes, a high number of conflicting intersections and driveways, and a higher than usual number of accidents.

--- End quote ---

I would agree, and I seem to remember some undivided four-lane segments of US 42 and US 60 east of downtown Louisville that could also benefit from a road diet.

Avalanchez71:
What was the routing of US 31W prior to the US 31W By-Pass?  I can't remember when the through route was decommissioned and the By-Pass became the through route.  Could they divert some of the traffic and boost tourism to the downtown area now that downtowns are being revitalized?  Say run US 31W along the old route, US 31W Truck along the current route and maybe a US 31W ALT along US 231 BUS to US 68?

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