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Problem with Internet Mapping to Schools creates scary situation

Sena Schaeffer writes, again, of need for signage at Dillon and Greensburg Streets to route traffic to Adair County School District Campus. This morning, Mayor Mark D. Harris, reached at his office, said that he would see that proper signage is installed, and checked. Ways to correct problems with Google, Mapquest, Yahoo, TomTom and Garmin mapping are being considered by Judge Melton, Mayor Harris, and Adair County 911 Address Coordinator and others. Just three - of numerous - examples of problems on Google: 1) 500 Public Square, Columbia, KY, gets a pin drop at 500 W Columbia ST, Somerset, KY. 2) 116 Jamestown ST gets pin drop on Russell RD. and 930 Jamestown ST, Joyce's Hallmark, gets a pin drop in the middle of of the overpass at Exit 49 of the Louie B. Nunn Bypass. While the problems with the internet mapping in no way diminish the need to have all venues in the county marked with proper street numbers, errors are a problem for visitors and impede development of the local economy. Better signage is an immediate answer. Particularly to the public school campus, to Lindsey Wilson, to the Lindsey Wilson Sports Park, and to Westlake Regional Hospital. -EW

Guest commentary by Sena Schaeffer

A few months back, I wrote about the problems with people from out of town being directed through Rolling Hills from map sources on the Internet.

A few minutes ago, I witnessed a situation that was rather scary. I was playing with my grandkids in the front yard and saw a semi with a trailer, that was at least 18 feet long (or longer), turning from Dillon Street onto Clinton Street. I watched as the driver had great difficulty turning into Clinton Street.

He then tried to turn onto Garrett Street, first by trying to turn into Garrett, then by trying to back into Garrett and finally by backing down Clinton until he straightened the rig up and finally succeeded turning into Garrett.

Directions from the Internet give Garrett Street as the street that is to be used to turn onto Indian Drive and onto, also, General John Adair Drive.

Since Garrett Street ends at the water tower and there is no connecting street to the school property, these directions are extremely erroneous. I saw the driver stop, grab papers from his dash and read them before he attempted to turn onto Garrett Street. I suspect that he was making a delivery to one of the schools and was using the directions from one of the Internet mapping services.

I have noticed that directional signs to the schools have been placed on the bypass. That is great, but this truck came through town since I saw him driving along Dillon Street from the direction of Greensburg Street.

A sign at the corner of Greensburg and Dillon Streets is needed to direct out of town drivers to the schools.

The streets in Rolling Hills are adequate, but definitely are not big enough to accommodate long 18 wheelers. Also, this isn't good for our town to have newcomers lost and wandering around trying to find their destination.

We should do everything possible to make our guests welcome here. We can't help that they got bad directions, but we could provide signs that would help them find their way around.

I don't mind giving directions when people stop to ask me as they frequently do. I only hope that there isn't a bad wreck caused by a truck that is trying to turn around on a street that is too small.

This story was posted on 2011-03-02 13:55:39
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