First responders concerned over traffic increase on Nicholasville Road
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Fire officials in two counties say continued retail development on Lexington's south side is creating issues for emergency officials.
"Traffic on Nicholasville Road tends to be heavy at all times of day, all times of year. It's just a busy road," said Lexington Fire Lt. Jessica Bowman.
The Lexington Fire Department responds to an average of 125 medical calls throughout the city each day. Nicholasville Road is also the main corridor to the University of Kentucky Medical Center and Central Baptist Hospital.
The congestion on Nicholasville Road is getting worse since the opening of a new shopping center, according to first responders from both Fayette and Jessamine Counties who use Nicholasville Road to get to Lexington hospitals.
"There does tend to be a lot of emergency traffic on Nicholasville Road, and when you couple that with the extra heavy traffic just due to every day general use, it can be busy to navigate at times," Lt. Bowman said.
According to city leaders, , a 2013 traffic study estimates about 2,000 vehicles will come and go from The Summit during rush hour, which is 5 to 6 p.m., once the property is fully developed. During the regular weekday peak hour, the intersection of Nicholasville and Man o 'War carries about 6,600 vehicles.
The added traffic puts more pressure on drivers to be aware of ambulances trying to weave through stand-stills and backups.
Officials say to help out, you can keep these things in mind:
Try to pull over in the direction that others are which isn't always to the right.
Stay in that place and wait until the ambulance fully passes.
Even in the tightest of traffic, try to get over instead of braking.