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MOUNT WASHINGTON - Some big changes are coming to the Mount Washington community starting this spring.
Some locals have been waiting 10-plus years for it to happen in fact -- ways to alleviate some of the congestion on Highway 44.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is moving forward with two of their intersection projects in the area: Armstrong and Fisher Lane and Bells Mill Road.
Both Armstrong and Fischer Lane will be moved and aligned.
A turning lane will be added to accommodate traffic and alleviate crashes, according to the KYTC road survey done in 2005.
District 5 public information officer Andrea Clifford said MAC Construction & Excavating, Inc. has been chosen for the project.
The contractor is expected to start work soon in the spring with Dec. 15 as their contract completion date.
Cost for improvements will be $1.3 million.
Officials have begun to start acquiring right-of-ways for the project on Bells Mill Road, Clifford said.
A turning lane will also be added to there to help increase traffic flow.
Next year they will be advertising for a contractor.
Construction costs are estimated at $1 million.
Other road improvements on the project list include Bogard and Lloyd Lane.
Mayor Joetta Calhoun said she has been working on getting these roads widened since she came into office eight years ago.
“Those are some of the highest accident areas in the county,” she said referring to the intersections slated for improvement.
The lack of turning lanes at these key places also tends to disrupt the flow of traffic down Hwy 44, Calhoun said.
Veteran council member Brent Wheeler said he’s glad something is finally being done to make the highway safer for drivers.
“It’s way overdue,” he said.
Wheeler who has been a resident of the Mount Washington community for almost 40 years, said the projects have remained hot button topics every election season for about the last 16 years he has been involved with politics.
He said he hopes residents will keep that in mind when they vote for their state representatives this year. The intent should be for the winner to bring money back to Bullitt County with the hopes to solving more of the Highway 44 issues.