A long-lasting problem may be looked at a little closer now that the Logan County Fiscal Court has passed a resolution of support asking the state for help. The problem is located in the city of Auburn with a very difficult street corner.
The corner in question is off Main Street onto Hwy. 103. According to magistrate Jo Orange, the corner is too sharp and too narrow for trucks, farm equipment, and school buses to maneuver safely.
Because Hwy. 103 basically cuts through the city, it jags in front of the Minit Mart making a smooth transition impossible. The problem area has been listed on the county’s request to the state for sometime, however, the southern bypass may have knocked it down the list a bit, according to Judge Executive Logan Chick.
“This is a project we really need to get help on,” said magistrate Orange.
Katie Moyer, one of the field representatives for Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, attended the Tuesday, Sept. 27 meeting of the Logan County Fiscal Court. Moyer wanted to introduce herself to the magistrates, as well as discuss the transportation issue in Auburn. Logan County is one of the many counties Moyer is responsible for. Field representatives are the ears of politicians who can’t possible be everywhere and hear every need.
Moyer was asked by the court if she could help get the project back to the state’s table. Moyer said she would visit the site and take photographs and get the information into the right hands.
One of the main issues with the turn is a utility pole that will have to be moved. According to magistrate Orange cost for the relocation could be close to $250,000.
“I have spoken with Auburn Mayor Mike Hughes and he said the city would be willing to move the water lines at the city’s cost,” said Orange. “But the pole will have to be moved and the highway entrance widened.”
Orange said right now many vehicles, including school buses, are having to cut through a private businesses parking lot to access the highway. “This is not safe for buses,” said magistrate Orange.
The court unanimously passed the resolution to support Auburn’s need for change on the entrance of Hwy. 103 for the safety of travelers.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.