The arrival of Hemlock Semi-Conductor just across the state and county border has caused a significant increase in traffic in Guthrie and it will only get greater over the next few years as the extremely large plant grows.
Extra traffic means an even greater danger at two awkward intersections in the town, prompting state officials to look at ways to re-route or alter the U.S. 79-KY 181 and U.S. 41-KY 181 crossings.
A group with the Department of Highways came to Guthrie recently and discussed options, but State Senator Joey Pendleton says money to put shovels in the ground is just not there at this point—though there are funds for the initial design phases.
Senator Pendleton says south Todd County residents should know the projects are necessary and they will happen, it’s just a matter of when.
The two intersections are particularly dangerous for tractor-trailers due to visibility issues and due to there being little room to maneuver.
The Senator says the widening of KY 181 coming south into Elkton from the 68 bypass will happen and is funded in the current road plan.