During a trip to Whitley and Pulaski counties on Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced two local transportation safety improvement projects in the Corbin area.
$750,000 has been allocated for the design and construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Fifth Street Road, Black Diamond Road, and Ky. 3421, near Corbin Primary School.
Officials with the governor’s office noted that more than 20 crashes were recorded in the area between 2012 and 2018 because of the curve that restricts drivers’ vision.
In addition, officials noted that the roundabout will reduce vehicle speed and improve access to the school.
“This is something that we have hoped for and needed for quite some time,” said David Cox, Corbin Independent Schools Superintendent. “The project will make travel to and from our school much safer and provide a better experience for our busses and parents. We appreciate the state for keeping a promise that helps many people in and around or Primary School.”
The second project involves $290,000 for the construction of a new sidewalk extension on Master Street between Standard Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue.
Pedestrian traffic in the area includes several residents, who utilize walking aid devices, as well as motorized wheelchairs. The sidewalk will provide a safer route for them to navigate, officials noted.
When completed, the city will have more than a half-mile of sidewalk that has been desperately needed on a busy major highway that connects Corbin Middle School, retail shopping, mixed housing, a senior citizen living facility, grocery, banking, medical offices, pharmacies and other services.
“I appreciate the work of the administration in dealing with these road construction projects and moving them forward in the city of Corbin,” said Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers, who represents Corbin.
“I would like to thank Gov. Beshear for his leadership and dedication to Eastern Kentucky. His commitment to investing in our needs will help our area move forward,” said Rep. Tom Smith, who represents parts of Corbin.