Letters to the Editor: Aug. 7, 2013

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Turning backwards

In the last couple of weeks we had comments from Brad Montell and Paul Hornback, and although I respect their input to our community concerning the intersections at I-64 and KY 53 and KY 55, I believe they both have missed the point of the problem. Left-hand turns are not going to work. The only type of left-hand turns that work are right-hand loops, like the one we had at Exit 32B that has been removed.

Exit 32B has worked for Shelbyville and the county for over 50 years. I helped construct it over 50 years ago when I worked for Kelly Construction of Louisville.

Why anyone with any common sense would trade that loop 32B for two left-hand turn lanes and a red light is beyond me. I am retired, and I will get through there sooner or later, but what concerns me is all of our workforce having to wait to get to work or home. And this is just 2013. What will this look like 2020 or beyond?

I don’t know the exact count of factories on KY 55, but there are at least a dozen, with thousands of workers traveling to and from every day. There is also the possibility of a dozen more factories here in a few years. They will need to get their supplies in and out of this area daily.

Left-hand turns may be OK if there is no other way, but in this case, that is not true. We need to keep 32B as it was, but we need entrances and exit ramps to be longer by several hundred feet.

It’s hard for me to believe that we have spent this much money on these intersections and still have not solved the problem.

Come on, Shelby County, get it in gear and fix this before it’s too late.

You and I can gripe all we want and still get nothing done, but there are people we have elected who have authority to make decisions that will certainly make changes that will affect us all in Shelby County.

Raymond Earl Gardner



Judicial center parking

I have close friends who work in the Shelby County Judicial Center, and I am concerned for their safety in walking to and from their vehicles before and after work (“Church: No more parking,” June 28).. At present there are no cameras that I am aware of in the parking lot built for their use. This parking lot is located some distance, and my questions are as follows:

  • What, if any plans have been implemented to protect workers to and from the judicial center, especially during the winter months when it is dark longer? Have you thought about retaliation from an irate defendant?
  • Are there cameras at the parking lot where these employees are going to be required to park, as well as along the route? If not, when do you plan to install them? They are more important than a fence to hide a hideous air conditioning system.
  • Why are elected officials receiving preference when it comes to safe parking spaces? The enclosed parking places should be reserved for judicial and law enforcement only. Everyone else should park in the city parking lot. Fair is fair.
  • Why wasn’t better planning put into the design and needs beforehand, and arrangements for safe parking for all employees in the building close at hand?

Lastly, Circuit Court Clerk Lowry Miller indicated the center’s employees walk farther if they are shopping at a local store or at the mall. Doesn't fly! I don't ever remember having to park that far from a mall entrance.

There are a lot of female employees there, and it’s obvious their welfare has not been made a priority in seeking to resolve the issue with the church for close parking. It is the responsibility of the managers at the judicial center to see the employees are safe. So be responsible.

Diane Perry