Boyle County will maintain shared use trail on Ky. 2168

Published 9:04 pm Thursday, January 26, 2017

Boyle County will handle maintenance of a trail along Ky. 2168 under an agreement approved on Monday.

Danville-Boyle County Trails Alliance Co-chairs Jennifer Kirchner and Mark Morgan presented trail maintenance options to the Parks and Recreation Ad Hoc Committee.

Under the agreement, the City of Danville will continue to maintain the existing trails it has already been caring for, while the county will add the Ky. 2168 trail to its maintenance plan.

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The Ky. 2168 trail currently runs from Ky. 34 (Lexington Road) west to Danville Christian Academy at the intersection with Ky. 33. Officials are pursuing an extension of the trail further west toward Harrodsburg Road. That project is funded by a $300,000 transportation alternatives program (TAP) grant, 20 percent of which is coming from the Boyle County Fiscal Court.

The master plan from the Danville-Boyle County Trails Alliance envisions a network of trails criss-crossing Boyle County, allowing walkers and bikers to travel from downtown Danville to more rural areas of the county and back.

Morgan discussed another trails issue at the meeting — bike lanes along U.S. 150 heading to Perryville.

Debris and glass on the shoulders of the road create a safety concern for bicyclists, who sometimes have to ride between the outside white lane of the highway and the rumble strips on the shoulders, Morgan said.

The Trails Alliance has made it a part of its short-term maintenance plan to sweep the bike lanes at least twice a month, Morgan said.

County Engineer Duane Campbell said a blower could do a good job of clearing the lanes. Judge-Executive Harold McKinney said the committee will look into costs for mowing and sweeping or blowing clear the bike lanes.