Bypass is not needed
To the editor:
The math says otherwise. The Kentucky Department of Transportation itself predicts semi-truck traffic will increase over 5,000 vehicles daily on U.S. 27 as well as 10,000-15,000 additional commuters if these roads are built. How in the world is this going to reduce congestion? What am I missing?
Have you done any research into this?
To give you an idea of how many trucks would be using these roads on a daily basis, here are the figures. A typical truck plus trailer averages 72 feet in length. If you joined them bumper-to-bumper, the trucks would make a line exceeding 68 miles. To give you some perspective, the entire length of the Bluegrass Parkway from Elizabethtown to Versailles Road is 71 miles.
You mentioned economic development. How many more fast-food places, car lots, convenience stores and retail outlets do we need? Apparently “economic development” equals low-paying jobs, according to our city planners. Haven’t they already made a mess of U.S. 27 between Nicholasville and southern Fayette County? Maybe now they can give approval for a truck stop or two.