Located just south of Lexington, Kentucky within the rolling hills of central bluegrass horse country, the newly reconstructed Harrodsburg Road (US 68) brings a new level of safety and capacity to a rapidly growing area.
The old route was narrow and winding and did not meet current standards for roadway geometry. This, along with the 15,000 vehicles per day in the late 1990’s, led to safety issues, poor level of service, and high crash rates. In 1997 the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet established the US 68 – Jessamine County Transportation Advisory Committee to assist the Cabinet and HMB in setting goals and objectives for the proposed improvements and to make recommendations on preferred alternatives. This committee was comprised of a wide variety of stakeholders, including public officials, Area Development District representatives, planning organizations, the Harrodsburg Road (US 68) Preservation Association, the Mayor of Wilmore’s office, the KYTC and others. This committee met periodically to share information and concerns and to be updated by HMB and the Department on the project’s progress. The committee meetings were open to both the public and the media. The advisory committee members worked together to determine a preferred alignment that would safely serve the traveling public while preserving the area’s historic and scenic character.
Through utilization of Context Sensitive Solution techniques and a multi-modal approach, HMB was able to provide KYTC with a roadway design that not only met the significant traffic and safety needs but did so while retaining the roadway’s historic and scenic beauty, provided a separate shared-use path for cyclists and pedestrians, minimized impacts to adjacent sinkholes and provided an overall access management plan for the corridor.