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Council again asked to consider reopening road

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - Another attempt to reopen Salt River Plant Road may soon be presented to Shepherdsville councilmembers

Councilman Larry Hatfield asked that fellow board members go visit the street that had previously served as a short-cut between Beech Grove Road and South Preston Highway.

The road was closed at the Beech Grove Road end due to concerns voiced by several residents.

At the time of the closing, residents complained that motorists were traveling at a high rate of speed with no regard to youngsters who might be playing in or near the road.

They also complained that the road was in poor condition and two cars could not safely pass one another.

Being presented a petition in late 2006, the council opted to close the street at one end.

Hatfield, however, said he continues to get calls to reopen the entire road.

Councilmember Bonnie Enlow has made a similar request for over a year.

Even if the traffic was allowed to travel one way only, Hatfield said it would be better than nothing.

With heavy equipment in the area to work on the sewer plant expansion, Hatfield said it would be beneficial to have a second way out of Beech Grove Road.

Reopening the road was part of a study recently done on the Beech Grove traffic situation. One of the alternatives was to reopen the road to alleviate some of the traffic.

The city has also begun the study phase to widen and open Old Ford Road as another alternative route for Beech Grove Road. The city received $100,000 for the planning stages but no construction dollars.

Hatfield said the matter could be considered after councilmembers had a chance to look at the current situation.

Traffic trying to get from Beech Grove Road to Preston Highway is often backed up. The Salt River Plant Road was used primarily by those traveling south on Preston Highway as a short cut.

In other business:

*Timothy Wise returned once again to voice concerns about conditions in Salt River.

He said a house was pulled onto a lot on Fourth Avenue six years ago and the city hasn’t done anything about it.

He felt the city could condemn the structure and tear it down.

City attorney Bill Wilson said Shepherdsville has a new ordinance and has torn down several structures.

Mayor Sherman Tinnell said the city would look at the issue of the house and junk vehicles.

*Steven Woods addressed the council about concerns over drainage on Beechcliff Circle and Seminole Court.

He said drainage is eating away the land and causing a very dangerous situation.

Tinnell said he would look at the situation.

*The council approved accepting a $1 million grant from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority.

The funds were originally secured last summer by state Rep. Larry Belcher.

The money will be used for the sewer expansion project.

*First readings were held to close two unused alleys between Highway 44 East and Carpenter Street.

The next meeting of the Shepherdsville City Council will be held on Monday, June 8, at 6:30 p.m. at city hall. The public is invited to attend.