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Daviess Co. farmers concerned over new roundabout

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Some Daviess County farmers are at odds with the new roundabout under construction in Owensboro where Kentucky 81 and Kentucky 56 meet.

They're worried the lanes won't be wide enough for their tractors. But Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials are hoping to put things at ease.

Farming is something Rod Kuegel's family has always done in Daviess County. The fourth generation farmer has grown all kinds of crops over the years.

"Well, right now, we're harvesting wheat, bailing straw, planting beans, working cattle, and topping tobacco," Kuegel said.

What's growing now though is concern about a roundabout under construction near his farm where Kentucky 81 and Kentucky 56 meet.

"I'm concerned about our farm equipment efficiently maneuvering the new roundabout. When we all saw 16 foot curbs we became concerned. As you can see, the community is very concerned," Kuegel said.

Kentucky transportation officials met with the farmer's to hear their concerns and say it's not too late to make changes.

"We may have to knock out a few things and rebuilt a little bit of it to make it more friendly for the combine and the larger farming vehicles, but it doesn't mean we will have to rework the entire project," said Kevin McClearn, KYTC's Chief District Highway Engineer. 

"The gentlemen from the state did a job tremendous. He said we are willing to listen and willing to change. It's not too late," Kuegel said.

KYTC officials says they will have a follow up meeting with the farming community in the future to discuss any changes they made to the intersection. 

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