Next week work is predicted to start to convey main changes to the intersection of US 641 and KY 402 close to Hardin. According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet a contractor will set up a piece zone to assemble an R-Cut to exchange the prevailing intersection which has skilled a excessive variety of crashes over time it has been in place.
This mission is geared toward decreasing the crash charge on the intersection. KYTC District 1 engineers anticipate to have 7 R-Cuts in operation by the top of this 12 months.
As building ramps up on the U.S. 641/KY 402 web site, motorists ought to be alert for lane restrictions required to facilitate the work. There is a forty five mile per hour work zone velocity restrict with an enhanced enforcement presence.
According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet an R-Cut restricts left turns, then directs visitors to a devoted flip lane with a modified U-turn or R-Cut. The characteristic permits drivers to divide the choice to navigate by the intersection into a number of smaller selections. An R-Cut reduces the 36 identifiable battle factors for autos touring by an intersection by half. It additionally eliminates actions that create essentially the most alternatives for severe crashes. R-Cut installations have lowered crashes by up to 54 p.c.
Over a current 5-year interval, greater than 27 crashes had been reported at this intersection with a complete of 14 accidents. There had been 18 angle crashes with a complete of 12 accidents and 9 rear-end crashes with a complete of two accidents. The visitors evaluation confirmed 75% of the crashes had been in dry climate circumstances, with 84 p.c occurring throughout daylight.
The U.S. 641/KY 402 intersection is at Marshall County U.S. 641-mile level 1.224 and KY 402 mile level 8.076. Approximately 11,500 autos journey by this intersection in a median day.
Jim Smith Contracting of Grand Rivers is the prime contractor on this $1,196,823 Highway Safety Improvement Project. The goal completion date is August 15, 2021.
KYTC District 1 has one R-Cut accomplished as a part of the KY 80 Mayfield South Bypass at Central Road in Graves County. An R-Cut on U.S. 68 at KY 139 South of Cadiz in Trigg County is in operation and nearing completion. Two are below building alongside U.S. 45 between Paducah and Mayfield, awaiting further work after college is out. Two have simply began building alongside U.S. 60 in western McCracken County. With the beginning of this mission on U.S. 641 at KY 402, KYTC District 1 engineers anticipate to have 7 R-Cuts accomplished and in operation by the top of this 12 months.
For extra info on how an R-Cut works, please go to www.US45Safety.org .