US 68 Chinn Lane to Chatham Road officially opens
LEXINGTON, KY. (October 23, 2003)—Transportation officials, local officials and citizens celebrated the completion of the US 68 (Chinn Lane to Chatham Road) Reconstruction Project yesterday at Shakertown.
Frank Duncan, Chief District Engineer for the Department of Highways District Seven Office said, "With this project we were challenged with improving the safety and efficiency of the travelway while incorporating complementary features that were environmentally compatible and aesthetically pleasing." During the project the Transportation Cabinet conducted numerous public, individual, and partnering meetings with local officials and citizens in an effort to gain insight as to what the various stakeholders expected of this project.
Based on this input, the Transportation Cabinet has been able to create a better relationship between the roadway and the environment. The enhancements of this project include the elimination of numerous sharp curves replacing them with a roadway that incorporates subtle sweeping curves that fit into the natural landscape while improving safety for motorists. In addition to 11’ foot driving lanes, grass shoulders along with rustic steel guardrail were used to preserve and enhance the natural scenic beauty.
Secretary James C. Codell said, "We, as a Cabinet, have the responsibility to assure the public that we will design projects that fit. This project is an excellent example of that responsibility." US 68 Chinn - Chatham is one of many projects in the state to use a design technique called Context Sensitive Design. This technique focuses on creating a more natural relationship between the landscape and the roadway. "The Transportation Cabinet would like to thank everyone involved in this project. With their help and patience this project has been a success," said Codell.