Work to remove a raised median will begin next week in front of the Dollar General Store in Hawesville, Kentucky.
Beginning Monday, a portion of Highway 60 in Hancock County will be seeing a change, and it's all thanks to some students who are starting off their high school careers in big ways.
These students were still in eighth grade when they began work on the civic project that took them out of the classroom and into the real world.
Thanks to their letters and petitions, state transportation officials will remove the median and replace it with a turning lane.
For the students, it's a feeling that can't be matched.
"It makes me feel, like, really accomplished that we started a project six months ago and now we're actually going to get something done. It's going to be a visible change in the community," Freshman Bo Powers said.
Others believe their futures will only get brighter.
"It feels like I'm already setting myself up for success," said Freshman Melanie Husk.
The new high schoolers hope this shows that age doesn't matter when it comes to having a voice.
"Not just adults can change stuff. It doesn't matter how old you are. You can always make a difference if you try hard enough," Husk said.
Josh Roberts says he couldn't be happier for his former students.
"The thing I'm most proud of is that every time that they go, you know, past that roadway, they're like 'We did this,'" Roberts said.
And like any school project, Roberts said, "They did get graded, and they did extremely well."
Ultimately, the students want to send a message.
"As long as you put in the work, then you can actually get something done," Powers said.
As a teacher, Josh says this is one of those moments he'll never forget.
The job is expected to be finished by Christmas.
Officials found that the area isn't known for a high number of accidents, but dozens of citations have been issued to drivers going the wrong way down a turn lane.
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