The newest Dollar General to open in Adair County has citizens concerned about the safety of its entrance.
Located nearly eight miles from Columbia on Campbellsville Road, the new store and its entrance have been placed below a rise in the road.
Many local residents know that traffic often exceeds the speed limit in that area and fear people entering or exiting the store might get hit by a speeding southbound driver coming over the rise.
There have also been questions about whether commercial trucks would have enough distance to stop should a vehicle make a slow turn into the store as a semi is traveling over the rise.
The Adair County Community Voice contacted the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and was informed that the location of the store and the driveway met all permits by the state.
There are two major requirements for an entrance on a state highway, which are sight distance and effects on traffic.
“For a roadway that is 55 miles per hour, the sight distance has to be 495 ft. in both directions. Our guys go and measure from a driver’s point of view, pulling out of the entrance spot, and they will measure to the length of the front bumper of all different heights of vehicles. They look to see how many feet that driver can see both directions, and they had well over 495 ft.,” said Amber Hale, information officer with District 8. “District engineers also evaluate the way the business will affect traffic such as what type of business it is and the size of it to see how the traffic flow will be affected.”
The back side of the property is adjacent to Coburg Road, but Hale said there has been no discussion about a back entrance.
A representative from the Dollar General Public Relations responded when asked for a comment on the matter, but did not address the safety of the store driveway or future steps to ensure safety.
“When choosing store locations, meeting customers’ needs is Dollar General’s top priority. We take demographic trends, competitive factors, traffic patterns and community concerns into consideration. The company also looks for places where we can offer customers an easy and convenient shopping choice.”
By Anna Buckman