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Would like to see a change in road classification State to City

By Doug Beard


Having grown up on Lowes Lane, it is one of my favorite streets in Columbia. It is though, in my opinion, one of the most hazardous strips of pavement in the city.

Most people are probably unaware that Lowes Lane is actually a state road. Although as a resident it has always been a plus to have a state maintained street, it is not a benefit when it comes to speed control and driver safety. After checking with the Kentucky DOT to inquire about the possibility of placing speed restrictions (speed bumps), we were informed that this cannot be done on a state road...not sure why but that's the rule.

As a long time resident, I have witnessed several traffic incidents and witnessed many drivers using this strip of road as their personal "drag strip" to apparently test the power of their engines. It's amazing to me that their has never been a fatality in front of our home (although we do get a lot of lawn drive throughs and a post "bump" or two).

Also, the corner of Lowes Lane and Pleasant View Drive has to be one of the most visibly restricted intersections in town. Check it out the next time you take a leisurely drive. Turn left onto Lowes Lane from Pleasant View and take your chances. Click to this (Google map)

My question is, could the city of Columbia request the Commonweath to make this a city street? As traffic continues to grow through this tiny street, I believe we could reduce the risk of major accidents by installing speed restriction.

Thank you!

s/Doug Beard

This story was posted on 2011-05-04 13:05:51
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