Tribune-Courier News Reporter
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet released survey results last week pertaining to its Long Range Transportation Plan for the Commonwealth. Information derived from the survey will help the agency develop objectives and strategies to address the core transportation opportunities and challenges facing Kentucky.
Out of 16,185 responses, 101 were tabulated from Marshall County citizens.
Areas of concern for residents of Marshall County included improvements needed on the transition from concrete bridges to pavement, the poor infrastructure of several roads and bridges in western Kentucky, congestion relief within city limits and on interstates and the safety issues in regard to cloverleaf interstate exits like the ones in Calvert City at the junction of I-24 and the Purchase Parkway.
KYTC Public Information Officer Keith Todd said the agency has begun reviewing the survey and is in the early planning stages to come up with alternatives to fix the interstate and highway exchanges – like those in Calvert City and Benton.
“This survey will not tell us specifically what to do,” he said. “But it gives us a lot to think about. There were enough responses to the survey so those numbers will give us reliable information about what people have concerns about regarding transportation in Kentucky.”
The results from the survey show an overwhelming number of participants are concerned with maintaining and improving the existing highway system, but also indicate the need for improving safety, supporting economic development and providing congestion relief.
“We asked for your opinions and you shared your ideas,”KYTC Secretary Mike Hancock said. “Now, it’s time to put what you said to use.”
The survey was the first public involvement activity associated with the LRT Plan, which has a horizon year of 2035.
The updated plan, which is due out later this year, will be help officials write the goals and set the vision for improving roadways throughout the state.
The public survey used to collect data concerning the plan was used to gauge the transportation expectations of all those who travel throughout the state.
The 19-question survey focused on demographics, funding options and transportation needs and desires.
A link to the survey results can be found by visiting transportation.ky.gov.