Veechdale turn causing concern

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State looking into issues raised about new road

By Steve Doyle

Some vehicles trying to negotiate their way through the new corridor of Veechdale Road in Simpsonville apparently are having difficulty moving from the old road to the new.

That’s the word from Shelby County Magistrate Michael Riggs, who wrote in an E-mail to residents, officials and The Sentinel-News that farm equipment and trucks couldn’t negotiate the turn built into the western end of the new road.

Veechdale Road (KY 1399) was moved about a half-mile south of its former intersection with Buck Creek Road (KY 1848) and rerouted through the Outlet Shoppes of Louisville, which Horizon Group Properties is building on 50 acres there.

Riggs, whose district two includes that area and who also lives nearby, wrote that he had asked county leaders to county leaders to look into the turning issue and also the the dangerous proximity of the road to the railroad tracks.

He said by telephone Friday that he had heard from farmer Jack Trumbo, who lives just south of the mall site and farms land in various locations, and from horse farm owners along Veechdale Road as well.

Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton said city hall had received one call from a resident expressing concern about the turn.

The problem arises for the sharp turn created from the new road to the old, Riggs said. He said semi trailer trucks, trucks pulling horse trailers and farm equipment would be required to move into the opposite lane to make that turn. Further the Norfolk Southern Railroad crosses Veechdale at that point, and drivers are having difficulty seeing the track until they are upon it.

“Some of the horse folks are worried about their ability to get trailers through that way,” Riggs said. “Both issues were equally difficult.

“It’s almost too sharp for a car to make the turn and stay in its own lane,” he said. “Trucks pulling horse trailers have to go all the way cross to get into far lane to make the turn.”

He said the road is cut so close to the railroad track that it appears ”they went on railroad property, although I know they can’t do that,” he said. “If they could shave off about a hundred feet and push that road over and have a  gradual turn probably would help.

“I’m sure they [Horizon’s contractors] didn’t want to use that much of their property.”

He said that Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger and state Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) have been in communication with state Transportation Cabinet officials and that the area was to be inspected.

Andrea Clifford, spokesperson for the cabinet in Shelby County, said that officials are aware of the issue and evaluating what might be done.

“KYTC is looking at ways to improve negotiation of the curve near the railroad track for longer vehicles, such as tractor-trailers and farm equipment,” Clifford said.

Questions about the viability of this road plan had been raised last year when officials for Horizon Group Properties, the company constructing the outlet mall, and the Transportation Cabinet had presented plans for approval by the Triple S Planning Commission.