Turkeyfoot Road Project Seeks to Improve Congestion Issues

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is hosting an open house for its plans to improve Turkeyfoot Road between Dudley Road and Dixie Highway.

The goal is to ease growing congestion, travel delays, and safety issues on the road, which runs through Lakeside Park, Crestview Hills, and Edgewood, and includes access to I-275, Thomas More University, and the Crestview Hills Towne Center.

The open house is scheduled for Tuesday, December 3, at Thomas More University's Steigerwald Hall (333 Thomas More Parkway).

“Turkeyfoot Road is an important link in our transportation system,” said Bob Yeager, KYTC District 6 chief district engineer. “It connects people to businesses, communities, Thomas More University, St. Elizabeth Healthcare and more. Our job is to ensure that they are able to travel through the area safely and efficiently.”

The stretch of Turkeyfoot Road between Dudley Road and Dixie Highway is approximately 1.4 miles long and currently supports more that 40,000 vehicles every day, KYTC said in a news release.

The Cabinet said that studies show that high traffic volumes in this small area, together with short distances between traffic signals and back-ups caused by left-turning vehicles, are the primary cause of travel delays in the area as well as higher-than-average crash rates. These problems are expected to worsen if left unaddressed while the Northern Kentucky region continues to grow, the release said.

KYTC’s project team, led by Lexington-based Gresham Smith, will be assessing improvement options including reconfiguring intersections and access patterns, adding and extending turn lanes, adding new travel lanes, connecting disjointed sidewalks for pedestrians, and adding bike lanes or paths for bicyclists.

The timing for construction will be based on funding availability.

Public feedback will be sought at the December 3 open house which runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Visitors can come at any point during that three-hour time frame.

A website has been created for the project and can be found here: www.ImprovingTurkeyfootRoad.org

-Staff report

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