Patriot Parkway and Deckard School Road (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Brianna Taylor (Source: Family Photo)
Brice Taylor (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Michael Hilton (Source: Hardin County Detention Center)
HARDIN COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - Neighbors living along Deckard School Road in Hardin County are requesting a traffic signal and streetlights be added at the intersection of the newly opened Kentucky 361 Patriot Parkway following another dangerous crash.
In the two weeks Kentucky 361 Patriot Parkway has been open to motorists traveling between Elizabethtown and Radcliff, at least one person has died and several others have been injured at the intersection.
“It’s extremely dark at night here,” said Linda Norris, a longtime Deckard School Road resident. “Deckard School Road has always had deadly accidents. Deckard School Road is not the best road in the county in the first place but now with this new intersection it’s been even deadlier.”
Having lost her own daughter to a car accident at a nearby intersection, Norris is calling on state leaders to make safety changes to multi-lane crossing at Deckard School Road and Patriot Parkway.
“My daughter was killed at 313 and 1500 at a similar intersection back in 1999 and we now have a red light there,” said Norris. “I’m on a campaign to get a red light and street lights at this intersection.”
Turns out state highway officials have made changes to the intersection in the two weeks it’s been open.
“We actually added the words ‘stop ahead’ in the pavement last week," said Patty Dunaway, Commonwealth Department of Highways District 4 Chief District Engineer.
Dunaway said the changes came after a June 22 accident at the intersection left 17-year-old Brianna Taylor dead and 34-year-old Michael Hilton charged with murder and aggravated DUI. The freshly painted warning is an addition to flashing verbal message boards and striping already added to the newly opened roadway.
Yet, after another dangerous accident at the intersection heading into the fourth of July weekend, Norris maintained her stance Monday, concerned a lack of increased traffic regulation via a signal would result in more memorial markers lining the intersection.
“Neighbors concerns are losing someone in their own family at this intersection,” said Norris.
“With this crash over the weekend at Deckard School and Kentucky 3-61, or Patriot Parkway, we’re waiting to see what the police report has to say,” said Dunaway.
While Dunaway said the addition of street lights would fall on the shoulders of local and county government, she said based on volume, a traffic signal, for now, remained out of the question.
“Deckard School Road,” began Dunaway, “that intersection has about 3,000 cars a day on average there whereas 220 has about 7,000 and 313 has about 10,000. So signals were installed at Kentucky 220 intersection with Patriot Parkway as well as 313.”
Instead of adding the traffic signal, Dunaway said state highway officials are considering adding rumble strips in addition to the recently added “stop ahead” and striping painted leading up to the intersection.