Rep. Dennis Horlander pleased that safety measures for Dixie Highway are in road plan
Frankfort – State Representative Dennis Horlander, a strong advocate for enhancing safety along Dixie Highway, said today he is pleased that funding for needed improvements is in the state’s Six-Year Highway Plan and that work is already underway.
Rep. Horlander, whose legislative district includes a portion of the highway, said that seven people have already died in traffic accidents this year and that the number of collisions is approaching 800. In 2012 and 2013, about 1,400 people were involved each year in accidents along the highway.
“Many who depend on this road have contacted me about making it safer, and they’re concerned as well about St. Andrews Church Road,” said Rep. Horlander, D-Shively. “I’m proud that we now have a stronger commitment to make these changes, and I will continue to monitor their progress to make sure they’re done on time. These are some of the most important highway projects in Jefferson County.”
Specific projects scheduled in the highway plan for his legislative district include:
- $16.33 million to improve Dixie Highway over the next three years, with $4.33 million for improvements between Crums Lane and Rockford Lane; $7.2 million for improvements between Rockford Lane and Greenwood Road; and $4.8 million for improvements between Greenwood Road and Stonestreet Road. Last year, the Cabinet authorized $670,000 in state funds for the design phase of the section between Crums Lane and Rockford.
- $9.6 million for a three-lane widening alongSt. Andrews Church Road (KY 1931)from the Doss High School entrance to Palatka Road, including intersection improvements with Palatka Road and turn lanes.
- $3.1 million for the design phase for a new interchange at Manslick Road and I-264.
Rep. Horlander said the St. Andrews Church Road improvements are based on recent recommendations by the Department of Highways’ District 5 Office, which cited the road’s above-average crash rates and high traffic counts.
The funding for these projects are part of the multi-billion dollar Six-Year Highway Plan that the General Assembly authorized earlier this year and that went into effect last month. The two-year plan includes more than $5 billion from state, federal and previously bonded sources, while the remaining four years of the highway plan currently feature $4.9 billion in planned spending.
“I was proud to support this plan, and am glad that we were able to secure funding for our community’s critical projects,” Rep. Horlander said. “This will hopefully help make these areas safer for motorists and pedestrians alike.”