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Work progressing at Lucky Stop Hill


By Tom Marshall
Senior Advocate writer

Work is progressing on the U.S. 460 road project near Lucky Stop Hill in Jeffersonville.

As part of the project, curve improvements will be made at Lucky Stop Hill near Science Ridge Road, said Natasha Lacy, a spokeswoman with the Kentucky Dept. of Transportation.

Turn lanes are also being added for each direction of traffic, Lacy said.
The cost of the project is approximately $8.3 million, she said. The Walker Co. of Mt. Sterling is the contractor on the project.
Completion is expected by the winter of 2019 or spring of 2020, Lacy said.

Local officials have lobbied for the project for years because of the dangers associated with the sharp curve there.

The Gateway Area Development District, Jeffersonville City Council, the Montgomery County Fiscal Court, past and present state legislators and others have all asked the state to act going back more than decade.
Over the years there have been numerous accidents at Lucky Stop Hill, including several fatalities.

State Rep. David Hale, R-Wellington, said the project was a No. 1 priority for him when he took office because of all those accidents.
The project had been on the state’s road plan for more than 10 years before work on the project began this past year, Hale said.

Hale noted that the section off U.S. 460 does not only serve residents of Montgomery County, but is highly traveled by residents of Menifee and Morgan counties.

“It has been such a dangerous area for years,” he said.

State Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, said he too saw the project as a priority and has pressed the state for action.

“It is hugely important,” Alvarado said.

The senator noted that the U.S. 460 corridor serves residents from all over eastern Kentucky extending to Pikeville and deserves attention.
Alvarado said more local road projects are in the works.
He said he is hoping to announce other road resurfacing projects for Montgomery County in the near future.