'Jug handle' intersection coming to busy U.S. 42 in Florence

FLORENCE, Ky. -- Drivers using a busy stretch of Boone County roads soon will see a new type of intersection design for the area at U.S. 42 and Weaver Road.

It's called a "jug handle" or "half loop" design, and it's supposed to reduce congestion and ease traffic flow on U.S. 42, said Kentucky Transportation Engineer Bob Yeager.

"The jug handle design will reduce the travel time of the 43,000 vehicles that come through at this intersection in a 24-hour period," Yeager said Monday in a news release.

The design will involve building a new connector road, Quadrant Road, and works on the principle that it takes less time for motorists to make right turns in traffic than left turns.

 

With the new design, those traveling on Hope Church Road, rather than turning left onto U.S. 42, will instead go straight through the intersection, then make two right turns before proceeding onto U.S. 42.

KYTC's regional public information officer, Nancy Wood, said construction on the $3.2 million project will have minimal visible impact initially as crews construct the new road.

The redesign is projected to be complete by June 2019.

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