Residents of Ky. 420 want lower speed limit

By PAUL LEIGHTTY State Journal Staff Writer Published:

The loose network of twisting, steep and narrow roads in Franklin County may seem passable to many motorists.

But for some residents in the southern part of the county on Ky. 420, also known as Old Lawrenceburg Road, a 55-mph speed limit doesn't fit with the road's treacherous curves south of the East-West Connector.

Their complaints have reached the ears of local government, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and a U.S. senator, but residents say their requests have gone unheeded.

"We have tried and tried to get them to lower the speed limit," said Wanda Cummings, whose son lives on property she owns at 459 Old Lawrenceburg Road, about half a mile south of the East-West Connector intersection.

She said that after an accident knocked out a guardrail in front of the house two months ago, she has been even more afraid for her granddaughter, whose bedroom is in front facing the road.

"There's a stretch of road up there where there's been wrecks and wrecks," she said. Cummings said she has been trying more than 20 years to have the speed limit changed. She bought the property in 1970, she said.

Bobby Miller, who lives at 545 Old Lawrenceburg Road and runs an auto repair shop there, said that, like Cummings, he has had several drivers lose control of their vehicles and careen into his yard. One car landed upside down on top of another vehicle, he said.

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