District One
Ballard Co. High U.S. 60 Turn Lane Ready for Back to School

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, August 10, 2005  
Contact Information:  Keith Todd
Public Information Officer
(270) 898-2431 Ext. 233

Paducah, Kentucky ---A turn lane at the entrance to the Ballard County High School on U.S. 60 is ready for back to school traffic.   Engineers for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Highways and H & G Construction Company accelerated work on the $229,000 project to improve safety at the school complex entrance.

The project was put on a fast track to aid anticipated traffic flow to the new Ballard County High School.  Work started June 27th.   Engineers are conducting their final inspection of the construction today as Ballard County students head back to school.

            State Representative Steven Rudy and State Senator Bob Leeper played an important role in obtaining funding for the safety project.

            “The safety of children as they travel to and from school is always a prime concern.  This intersection handles a lot of bus traffic to and from the school complex.  It’s rewarding when we can step up and get a project moving where safety is an issue,” Leeper said.

            Rudy noted that while safety at the school is important, the turn lane improves traffic flow for anyone traveling through Ballard County on U.S. 60.

            “I’m pleased with the cooperation that allowed this turn lane project to be completed rather quickly.  The dollar amount may not be as great as some other projects, but it will greatly improve traffic flow at one of the busiest intersections in Ballard County.  That will improve safety for our children and everyone who travels U.S. 60 in front of the high school,” Rudy said.

            Approximately 6,600 vehicles per day travel U.S. 60 through LaCenter in the area near the school.

            According to District One Transportation Engineer Branch Manager for Construction Mike McGregor, architects expect the Vocational School entrance near the East end of the school campus to become a main artery for school traffic.

            “We recognized the need for a turn lane at that entrance for the safety of bus traffic and other vehicles turning into what school architects and planners expect to become the main traffic ring around the campus,” McGregor said.  “To expedite the project it was designed and constructed on existing right of way to reduce the amount of time it would normally take to purchase additional property and move the utilities.”

            The 1,000 foot long project created a left turn lane for westbound traffic on U.S. 60 to relieve congestion at the site.  The transition back to the existing roadway extends about 300 feet west of the Vocational School Road intersection on U.S. 60 to a point near an existing school entrance.

            The contractor on the $228,823 project is H & G Construction Company, Inc. of West Paducah, Kentucky.