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KYTC: Murray / Calloway drivers still have time to participate in transportation needs survey | Local News

MURRAY – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) says it continues to urge area residents to complete an online survey seeking comment on road safety and congestion in Murray and Calloway County.

KYTC District 1 spokesperson Keith Todd said as of Monday, more than 430 Murray-area residents and commuters have responded to the online survey to provide feedback on the Small Urban Transportation Study since the investigation opened on October 5. He said the investigation would likely be opened. until the end of this month.

The survey is available online at It uses Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping, so participants can drop a pin and leave a description of conditions worthy of study in specific locations, according to a press release.

Todd said similar surveys conducted by the firm in recent years have proven helpful in identifying transportation needs and possible improvements that could be made in a particular area. He said daily commuters are more likely to notice problems than an engineer who might be hired to study a particular community they are not personally familiar with.

“In the last couple of years we’ve done one of these surveys for Mayfield,” Todd said. “Our traffic engineers can go out and observe the traffic in places where, for example, we have a high accident rate, and they know what to look for, but the people who travel in those areas day in and day out are probably the ones that will see more things. If you travel through the same area week after week to get to and from work, you will see more going on – perhaps near misses and near misses that will not be apparent to other people. who do not drive there every day. Even trained observers like our engineering staff, unless they are on the scene when something is happening there is some subtleties they won’t understand, but everyday drivers will.

The study invites comments on a variety of specific questions, including:

• Bottlenecks or congested intersections with long waits

• Areas where visibility of oncoming traffic is obscured

• Curves or narrow lanes or shoulders

• Intersections where oncoming traffic is difficult to see

• Intersections that could benefit from a turning lane

“This study will be driven by specific contributions provided by local residents and commuters who enter and leave Murray each day,” Chris Kuntz, KYTC District 1 project development engineer, said in a press release. “Our project team will use the information gleaned from the survey to examine traffic patterns through the eyes of drivers who use the same routes day in and day out. Public feedback will be coupled with police crash data to improve the study team’s understanding of large-scale traffic problems in and around Murray.

Once online responses are collected, KYTC engineers and consultants will conduct a technical analysis of the investigations to develop specific proposals for improving safety and traffic, the statement said. A study report will be published to identify improvement priorities and cost estimates at the planning level. The information can then be used to assist decision makers in their search for funding for future road projects. Additional funding would be required to advance the improvement concepts identified during the study, but the study results may provide direction for low-cost, short-term adjustments to the traffic flow pattern, a declared KYTC.

“We’re looking to find places where we can do short-term (solutions),” Todd said. “In the past, we have found intersections where we were able to apply traffic paint to demarcate traffic control areas. (KYTC can create) painted islands at certain intersections that help direct traffic a little better. There are short term things like this that could be done quite easily.

“We are looking for them, but we are also looking for information that will help us in long-term planning to plan projects in the future. For example, are there any intersections with regular traffic jams that we can look at? It might be something as simple as adding a turn lane. Then again, this can be something more important, like a major reconstruction of the intersection. We have found a wide variety of things that we can look at, and that will help us plan for the future. That’s pretty much the subject of the study.

For additional project information or special assistance, individuals can contact KYTC Murray Study Director James Tilley at [email protected] or call 270-898-2431.

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