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Residents Want Deadly Road Improved

By Justin Wilfon

(LOUISVILLE, December 21st, 2004, 3 p.m.) -- Over the past few weeks alone, there have been several fatal accidents on US 31E, a major artery between Louisville and Bardstown. Residents say something must be done to improve the situation. WAVE 3's Justin Wilfon reports.

The cars fly on US 31E, but the road can't handle it.

"On this road, there's no margin for error," said Nelson County resident Dan Kennedy.

Statistics show that Kennedy isn't exaggerating. Over the past fours years, there have been over 300 accidents on 31E in Nelson County.

"We've had a significant increase in fatalities, especially in the last couple of years," said Nelson County resident, Fonna Cheek. "We see them daily."

"All the years I've been traveling it, I've seen wrecks, you see people killed and you know somebody's not going to have a family member home that night," Kennedy said.

Kennedy and Cheeks are some of the many Nelson County residents who've had enough. Tuesday morning they presented a petition, with over 3,000 signatures, to the Nelson County Fiscal Court.

"It needs to be straightened and widend," Kennedy said. "There's no emergency stop lane. If you get on the road, it's like being on a roller coaster."

Fiscal court officials agree. They say they're determined to find the $40 to $50 million needed to improve the road.

"The court has endorsed it and they want it done," said Nelson County Magistrate Tim Hutchins.

Personally, I think it's a hold up through the federal and the state, so we've got to get the ball rolling on that level."

The money used to improve 31E will be a mix of both state and federal funding. And people here hope getting it is not a matter of if, but when.

"I think there's money," Kennedy said. "You see construction going on. I just don't think this is getting the attention that it needs."

The fiscal court hopes the petition will catch the eye of the Transportation Department, which will ultimately decide if the road is improved.

Online Reporter: Justin Wilfon

Online Producer: Michael Dever

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