DAVIESS COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT) As construction continues on a part of Highway 60 in western Daviess County, traffic is up along the marked detour.
Sheriffs deputies are increasing patrols.
“The road has been a little more busier,” says April Durbin, who lives along the detour route.
Kentucky 1554 and Kentucky 279 are busier with more tractor trailers and other vehicles. More traffic has people on its route watching their own safety.
“You got to be a little bit more careful. People are flying through there. People just go way past the speed limit,” says Walker Ellis of Daviess County.
“Our roads are not really big enough for a bunch of semis to come down, especially when you get down the curves,” Durbin adds.
Daviess County Sheriff’s Deputies started patroling the route and other areas near the closed part of Highway 60 earlier this month. Maj. Barry Smith says people complained of speeding vehicles and other issues. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials say contractors are complaining of people driving through the work zone. Durbin says it’s helping with safety.
“It does, knowing that they’re out here trying to make sure traffic is going where its supposed to go,” she says.
Other roads around the Stanley area are seeing more traffic as well. Residents along Griffith Station Road tell us they’ve seen more trucks and other vehicles come down here since the detour started.
“The traffic has been outrageous,” says Robert Alvey, who lives along the road, which is not on the official route. He’s recently seen semis stuck on railroad tracks and other problems. he worries what traffic will be like later this year.
“Right now, it’s kind of a lax time for us farmers. Later on, we’re going to have to be moving equipment up and down this road. It’s pretty wide, we’re used to taking up the whole road, so I don’t know what’s going to happen then,” Alvey says.
Maj. Smith says semis should stay off Griffith Station Road.
(This story was originally published on July 18, 2019)