Access Management Implementation in Kentucky

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      This report represents Kentucky’s continued efforts to institute a state-wide access management policy, as set forth in the 2004-2008 Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Joint Strategic Plan.  The suggestions made herein build upon the initial recommendations laid out in Access Management for Kentucky (which had also included an access management implementation plan).

      Most suggestions aim at developing design standards that reinforce basic access management principles: e.g. access spacing, signal/intersection spacing, median geometries, corner clearance. The report also estimates the benefits of the proposed program, stressing the amount of money that would be saved due to reductions in crashes and overall delay. An analysis discovered a statewide annual crash reduction of over 20%, a reduction of surface street delay of 46 million hours per year amounting to an estimated total savings of $950 million per year. Apart from the numbers, the report laid out benefits in a list form that also includes less tangible benefits such as improving aesthetics and long-term viability of communities (p. 25). The report concludes with recommendations to implement training, amend key legislation, and establish written local/regional agency agreements.

Access Management Implementation in Kentucky: Technical Support Document and Status Report, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Federal Highway Administration, University of Kentucky, Lexington (2008)

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