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Spaulding Lane to be widened at KY-555

Washington County’s continued mission to improve local roadways is taking another stride forward with work this week on Spaulding Lane near KY-555.

Traveling the one-lane road had become a pain for local residents, officials say, so work began last Wednesday to accommodate a higher volume of traffic.

“When people were driving the road the way it was, just one vehicle could get through, so the other person had to back up to let them through,” said Magistrate Benjamin Settles. “We’re widening it out so cars can pass there and ditching it to clear any water away. It’s long past due doing it.”

School bus drivers had also reported problems negotiating the tight road and the layout of the area had the potential to be hazardous.

“Toward the end of the lane there are several families that live back there, so the road is more heavily traveled than people realize,” said Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles. “The section that we’re trying to open up and widen, there’s a small bank on one side and a drop off on the other.”

Magistrate Settles said work on widening the road should be wrapping up within the next week, and that blacktopping would occur some time during the summer. 

“I think it will make for a much safer road and it will allow for people to not have to back up,” Judge Settles added. “It’s just part of a constant effort to try to improve the traveling safety of the people of Washington County.”