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Courthouse damage, trucking around the Square

Damage to the historic Adair County Courthouse has generated a healthy discussion among residents and at the first March Fiscal Court meeting. Lee Ann Jessee and Mike Watson were asked to present information on the most recent efforts at restoration done by the Adair Heritage Association. (The Heritage Association is headquartered at the Adair County Public Library and all the research is there.)

Questions under consideration include whether to patch the damaged wing, or, just remove the wing, using the insurance money as partial payment for it. The four wings are not part of the original landmark historic building and opinion polls have shown many would like to see them removed and have the grass restored around the original building.

While Judge Executive Gale Cowan gathers bids for repairs on the building damaged by the Amazon truck, several have put their ideas and questions on the subject in writing and are shared below.



Columbia Magazine especially appreciates viewpoints and ideas from truck drivers who have had to deal with problem areas in their careers, problem areas like the Public Square in Columbia. One letter makes it clear: "...One of the things I saw a lot would be a sign at each end of a by-pass showing "Truck Route" using that road, and a sign on the other road indicating "Local Deliveries Only," with a picture of a truck on both signs..."

Damage to the Courthouse February 20, 2021 and letters that followed from CM readers:

Use caution on the square

Drivers could use help in hazardous navigation

It's the fault of the government(s)

Signage would help truck drivers

Signs and lights needed

Commercial vehicles need guidelines

Can we just remove the wings?

Hoping there is insurance

GPS does not help truck drivers

Jake breaks need to be controlled

Trucks are longer now than when Square was built

Limit thru-traffic



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Trucking through Columbia - waiting



2021-03-23 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Trucking through Columbia, as witnessed in this February 2021 accident where a corner of the historic Adair County Courthouse was hit, is a challenge. This is a study of what happened and what folks are thinking about it.

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Trucking through Columbia - Bypass and Hwy 55



2021-03-23 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Trucking through Columbia - suggestions for improvement include better signage to help show best routes around town. Once a large truck gets to the heart of town there are few options. Columbia Magazine is taking a look at what drivers see at each of the Bypass intersections. This view is at the Veterans Memorial Bypass entry on North Hwy 55 heading to Campbellsville. More views will be added this week and pictures and letters are welcome.

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Trucking through Columbia - Bypass and Dillon Street



2021-03-23 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Trucking through Columbia - this view of signage or lack thereof is looking at the Veterans Memorial Bypass and Dillon Street/Pelham Branch Road crossing. Navigating downtown from this corner (reported by some drivers routed this way on GPS) is nearly impossible for big trucks.

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Trucking through Columbia - size matters



2021-03-24 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
In the study of what happens to the historic Adair County Courthouse after the recent truck accident, some suggest the Public Square is simply too small for modern truck sizes. Case in point - half of a doublewide mobile home enters the Square from Jamestown Street heading for Campbellsville Street.

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Trucking through Columbia - Bypass and Hwy 61



2021-03-25 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Columbia Magazine is taking a look at what truck drivers see at each of the Veterans Memorial Bypass intersections. This view is of the Bypass where it crosses Burkesville Street/Hwy 61 south - left goes into downtown Columbia and right at this intersection would go to Walmart, to the Cumberland Parkway and on south to Burkesville. Clicking 'read more' has photos of other intersections and signage or lack thereof to help drivers make decisions.

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