Two Residents Speak Out About Road Closure
By Leah Long
MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY - During a public hearing Monday evening at McCracken County's Fiscal Court meeting, only two residents spoke out against the closure of Old  Hinkleville Road, between Old U.S. 60 and Roy Lee Road.

McCracken County Road Engineer Randy Williams said the portion of the road being closed is only 1300 feet long. He said the road has been closed and barricades have been up for quite awhile.

Williams explained there is a process for closing a road and the first step is placing and ad in the newspaper, which was done on Jan. 18th.  Also on that date signs were posted concerning the impending closure. He, along with volunteer viewers Barry Miller and Adam Gilbert went Feb. 2 to look at the road and found there would be no inconvenience if the road were closed.

However, two residents, Freda Walker and her daughter, Laura Nickle, both voiced opposition to the closing of the road.  Walker said she is sad to see the road close as she was born on that road and has lived on it for 85 years. She said she doesn't understand why the road is being closed.  She 
also said she felt there was better sight distance before the road was closed. Nickle said at one point the road was a three-way stop and urged the 
commission to consider that. 

"I wish you'd bring it back to a three-way stop, for safety reasons because I have young girls that drive and we use that road quite a bit," said Nickle.

A vote on the closure will come at the fiscal court's next meeting in two weeks on Feb. 26.

To view the most recent meeting, click on the link below.

On the Net:

McCracken County Fiscal Court on YouTube

Published 09:09 PM, Monday Feb. 12, 2018
Updated 10:51 PM, Monday Feb. 12, 2018

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