Fairview Travel enhancements needed community assembly to be held future week

Aug. 19—Fairview Drive is just not regarded as a significant visitors artery. But the street is hectic.

In accordance to the state freeway department’s 2020 website traffic depend, Fairview Push, which stretches from the intersection of Kentucky 54 to U.S. 231, has an average daily website traffic count of 6,774 autos. By comparison, Kentucky 56 sees only 900 far more vehicles every day.

In phrases of targeted visitors depend, Fairview Push is equivalent to some “significant roads coming into Owensboro,” county engineer Mark Brasher claimed.

When the state freeway office retains its public assembly up coming week, condition officers will offer some choices for how to make improvements to Fairview Push between the intersection of Kentucky 54 and Settles Road. But community enter on the plan is essential.

The assembly will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, August 26 at Highland Elementary School, 2909 Kentucky 54.

Engineers will do the style and design for Fairview enhancements this year.

Daviess County Decide-Govt Al Mattingly explained improving upon Fairview Push was a precedence of his 10 a long time back, and that the require to make enhancements has only developed as Kentucky 54 has developed, along with housing and subdivisions in the spot.

“Back again in 2011, when I gave my ‘State of the County’ speech, I pointed out various roads that essential focus, and 1 was Fairview Push,” Mattingly claimed Wednesday. Bettering Fairview Push is “even far more vital 11 several years later on,” Mattingly explained.

Mattingly stated the county has requested the state take into consideration widening the street, including shoulders and including change lanes the place acceptable, these as at the entrance to Horse Fork Creek Park.

Mattingly claimed, preferably, the do the job on Fairview Drive would be concluded ahead of function starts on widening Kentucky 54.

“When the state commences the construction phase of the 54 widening project, it really is heading to be a lot more significant we have an alternative for people” to prevent the development zone, Mattingly reported. “It really is incredibly crucial this be finished, and incredibly vital it be done prior to they get started development on 54.”

Officials said earlier that learners choose Fairview Drive to get to Daviess County Large Faculty. Mattingly reported targeted visitors will maximize when the new Daviess County Middle College is entire.

The roadway between Kentucky 54 and Settles Highway “is narrow, it would not have shoulders, and it won’t have turning lanes,” Mattingly explained.

The intersection of Fairview and Kentucky 54 will be increased, Brasher stated. Improvements also require to be made at the intersection of Fairview and Settles Highway, “to make it additional driver-helpful and economical,” Mattingly explained.

The county would like the advancements to contain a transform lane at Horse Fork Creek Park to stop targeted visitors from backing up together the road.

“We see it as an difficulty at our park in the the fall and spring with soccer,” Mattingly claimed. “All those are incidents waiting around to transpire, so it would be pleasant to have flip lanes.”

Men and women who are unable to go to future week’s assembly can fill out a survey about the challenge, at: https://transportation.ky.gov/District Two/Pages/Fairview-Drive.aspx.

The venture is vital because Fairview Push “is only heading to get busier,” Mattingly claimed. “In 2000 … 54 was a two-lane highway with a two-lane bridge across the bypass. I am not positive there is certainly anyone who could have predicted the progress in that part of southeast Daviess County.

“Which is why it’s incredibly essential we plan for the future.”

James Mayse, 270-691-7303, jmayse@messenger-inquirer.com, Twitter: @JamesMayse

James Mayse, 270-691-7303, jmayse@messenger-inquirer.com, Twitter: @JamesMayse