Elizabethtown Highway District
Construction begins on Rineyville roundabout project
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (May 10, 2010) — A project to convert the intersection of KY 1600 and KY 220, in Rineyville, to a roundabout configuration begins today.
“This is an exciting project for the Rineyville community,” Gov. Steve Beshear said. “Our Transportation Cabinet engineers have utilized a modern approach to solving the traffic concerns that face the growing population of Hardin and surrounding counties. Thanks to federal stimulus money, we’re able to move it forward.”
Roundabouts, unlike conventional intersections with traffic signals or stop signs, allow vehicles to flow through a traffic circle with minimal stopping. Benefits include reduced congestion and greater safety, generally at less cost.
“This is among the first roundabout projects to move forward in Kentucky, and we believe drivers will welcome the advantages of its design,” acting Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock said.
The $488,000 construction contract was awarded to Louisville Paving Co. and is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Transportation Cabinet engineers expect the project to be completed by August 2010.
Beginning in June, KY 220 will close at the south end of Thompson Road. Motorists who normally access KY 1600 from KY 220 can detour via U.S. 31W and Ring Road. Traffic along KY 1600 will be maintained during the project.
Information, including a video tutorial, about roundabouts and how to appropriately drive through them, is available online at http://transportation.ky.gov/D4/Roundabout.html.