Area residents and motorists will get their first look Tuesday at some alternatives to improve the safety of Brannon Road, a narrow east-west artery in northern Jessamine County.
A meeting about a year ago drew almost 200 people to Southland Christian Church on Harrodsburg Road. State Transportation Cabinet officials hope for a similar attendance from 5 to 7 p.m. in Building F at Southland.
"We took the information we got from the meeting last year and used it to develop some alternates, and that's what we're going to present at this meeting," said Joshua Samples, project manager with the state Department of Highways District 7 office in Lexington. "We'll have some alternate alignments of different sections of the roadway to look at.
"It will be wider than it is; how wide is still part of the information we're trying to get from the public at this meeting," Samples said. "What's out there now is too narrow because of the shoulders."
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One option is a three-lane road with the center lane as a turn lane. Another option is a four-lane road with a raised median. A five-lane option would have two lanes plus a turn lane in the middle.
"There are ways we could mix and match a little bit, but you have to have some continuity," Samples said. "Our displays will have the different options and typical sections. We will ask specific questions about what people would choose."
Some interest in bike lanes was expressed last year, and the public will be asked about that again, Samples said. "We want to make sure that that interest is there as strongly as we think it was," he said.
Brannon Road has an average traffic count of 5,900 vehicles per day, according to a 2012 count, said Rick Nunnery, project engineer with EA Partners, the consulting firm working with the state. By 2040, the average daily traffic count is projected to be 14,000 vehicles per day, Nunnery said.
The state's six-year highway plan already includes a budget for road improvements. The purchase of rights-of-way, expected to cost $7.5 million, is scheduled for late 2015 and into 2016. Utilities relocation, estimated to cost $5 million, will be done in 2016. And construction, estimated at $12 million, has been pushed back from 2018 to 2019, Samples said.
After Tuesday's meeting, "the project team will select the final alternate and we'll work on final design plans over the next year or so," Samples said.