City targets west-side traffic mess

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

The City Commission got some advice Monday on alleviating a West Frankfort traffic bottleneck while preventing new ones from arising nearby.

Reports on traffic impact studies for Leonardwood Drive and a proposed new Franklin County elementary school on the campus of Western Hills High School and Bondurant Middle School were presented at Monday's work session.

Bob Kennedy from Palmer Engineering, of Winchester, gave the reports.

The Leonardwood Drive traffic study was done at the request of the city to address traffic concerns relating to anticipated change in travel patterns which will occur from constructing a connection between the two existing segments of Leonardwood Drive.

The study is also to account for additional traffic to be generated by proposed new development along the new Leonardwood Drive connection. The Leonardwood Drive extension will allow for the development of two lots currently zoned Professional Office and one zoned Highway Commercial, the study says.

Leonardwood Drive is the primary route of access from the Poplar Creek Plaza shopping center and currently runs from U.S. 127 in the east to a dead end just past the last Wal-Mart entrance toward the west.

There is an additional stub of Leonardwood Drive running from the intersection of King's Daughters Drive at Doctors Drive to the east toward the shopping area. A connection is currently being made to create a continuous street from U.S. 127 to King's Daughters Drive.

The average daily traffic along U.S. 127 in the vicinity of the very busy Leonardwood Drive intersection is 37,000 vehicles a day, the study says.

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