kentucky trans_yellow_300OWENSBORO, Ky. (7/22/13) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has scheduled a public informational meeting to present revisions being considered for a roundabout under construction at the intersection of Ky. Hwy. 81 and Ky. Hwy. 56 at the southwest edge of Owensboro. Design changes have been made to address concerns expressed by farmers and other nearby businesses during a July 10 meeting.

During that meeting at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, KYTC District 2 Chief Engineer Kevin McClearn indicated the project was at a point where the contractor could hold up a bit to allow some design adjustments.

"We have taken the input provided at the July 10 gathering and incorporated various concerns that were expressed about movement of farm equipment and trucks through the roundabout," McClearn said. "We've lowered the height of curbs on islands within the roundabout to help smooth the transition for farm equipment and trucks as they move through. That means our contractor will remove the existing curb and replace it in those areas."

McClearn said the contractor was at a point in the construction to allow appropriate changes to be made.

"Once farmers and others looked at the initial concrete work they felt there was a problem. We expressed a willingness to address that problem and made a commitment to act quickly. Our design staff immediately went to work on appropriate adjustments. We think what they've come up with will be well received," McClearn said. "We look forward to sharing the design changes on Thursday night."

The public meeting will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, at the Sorgho Elementary School, 5390 State Route 56 in Owensboro. A brief presentation on the design changes starts at 5:30 p.m. Engineers will then be available to answer questions and receive additional comments.

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