Kentucky Hwy. 36 Survey
Owen County Judge/Executive Casey Ellis announced Aug. 12 the creation of an online survey to gather information from residents who travel Kentucky Hwy. 36 from New Liberty to Sanders.
Once concluded, the results of the survey would be presented to the appropriate levels of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) to advocate for resurfacing and repairs to the state-maintained road.
“I have spent the last four years advocating for the repair of Hwy. 36 with no results,” Ellis said. “Unfortunately, it is a rural secondary road, which is classified by the state as a low-traffic road.”
Because of its classification at the state level, Ellis said Hwy. 36 falls to the bottom of the state’s priority list when considering which state roads will receive repairs.
Members of both the state KYTC office and KYTC District 6 office, as well as state-elected officials, have been invited by Ellis to view the condition of the road to no avail.
“Along with my personal concerns, I have heard from many of our residents that travel this road daily, and all have the same complaints of dangerous conditions that often lead to busted tires or the need for some vehicle repairs. With winter coming, those conditions are bound to worsen should we have any inclement weather. Our survey may not solve the problem but will hopefully give us the data we need to help strengthen our case with the powers that be."