KYTC - District 4 Department of Highways - ELIZABETHTOWN

Press Release Date:  Friday, May 20, 2005  
Contact Information:  Becky Judson
Public Information Officer
KYTC District 4 - Elizabethtown
(800) 459-3566



            ELIZABETHTOWN, KY. (May 20, 2005)– Today Deputy Secretary of Transportation, Jim Adams, joined law enforcement and first responders from Hart, LaRue, Hardin and Meade counties, at a press conference in  Elizabethtown at Hardin Memorial Hospital to announce the US 31W Corridor Safety Enforcement Blitz.    The enforcement blitz will begin May 23 and run through June 5, 2005.

Governor Ernie Fletcher appointed an Executive Committee to study Highway Safety Initiatives in each Highway District of Kentucky.  District Four’s US 31W corridor, which runs from Hart, LaRue, Hardin and Meade counties, has been selected by the Executive Committee to be the model for the rest of the state in initiating the reduction of fatalities, injuries and non-injuries along this corridor. 

“The Department of Highways, the Federal Highway Administration and others conducted a safety audit of US 31W.  Based on the audit, the Cabinet’s Department of Highways will provide $500,000 in low-cost , high impact roadway safety improvements along US 31W to help reduce fatalities and serious injuries,”  said Deputy Secretary Adams. 

  Some of the improvements include: warning signs, warning markings, lighting, road striping/reflectors, guide signs and tree and brush removal.  Higher cost safety improvements will be implemented through the six-year plan. 

The Cabinet’s Drive Smart Program will provide safety belt programs like the rollover simulator and child passenger safety checks to schools and communities.  In addition, Drive Smart will provide traffic safety checkpoint trailers, speed radar units and targeted enforcement signage during the blitz.