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Creekside Center being developed on U.S. 27

While the construction of the new Kroger in the Stonegate Centre has attracted a lot of attention, a tall mound of dirt in a vacant lot of the other side of U.S. 27 has created its own buzz.

That’s all most passerby drivers see — the dirt pile, as well as a nubbin of a road that goes nowhere and an Ikerd Properties sign nearby.

That will eventually change, however. The area will soon make a stretch of South U.S. 27 that had once been little but empty fields on either side yet another busy boon to the area economy.

Ikerd Properties is currently in the design and construction phase of a new commercial retail center on that spot, according to Cory Ikerd, general partner of the real estate development company.

The name? The Creekside Center.

 “This 25 acre site will be attractive and centrally located for shopping, business, and dining amenities,” he said. “We have been and are currently in negotiations with several national and regional retailers as well as some popular food chains.”

Ikerd said that excavation is expected to begin “within the next months” and would continue on throughout the summer.

Because of confidentiality agreements with companies Ikerd Properties is working with, Ikerd was unable to provide any additional specifics. However, he sounded optimistic about the commercial possibilities the new project would offer.

“Somerset/Pulaski County has become a regional hub for shopping and dining for tourists and locals,” said Ikerd. “’Creekside Center’ will be able to supply the needed space for future construction and development for retailers looking to move into the Lake Cumberland area.”

         -  By Chris Harris Commonwealth Journal Jun 17, 2016



Pulaski a hub for the region … and that means lots of traffic

Here’s something to think about while frothing at the mouth waiting for a light to change at one of seemingly hundreds of signaled intersections in Somerset.  There are 58,320 motor vehicles registered in Pulaski County. That’s right, 58,320.

Among Pulaski County’s 64,000 population are about 50,000 residents 16 and over eligible for a driver’s license. And, at times, everybody is going somewhere at the same time, and most are in a hurry.

Mixing it up in traffic jams are shoppers and seekers of medical services from Wayne, McCreary, Russell, Casey, Adair and Clinton counties; even Scott County, Tenn., all converging on Somerset. Here, Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, medical specialists, fine restaurants and shopping districts seem as “Lexington” to residents of these more rural neighboring counties.

There are a lot of people and a lot of vehicles in Pulaski County’s neighboring counties. Wayne County has 20,486 residents and 14,751 vehicles; McCreary County’s population is 17,863 with 11,775 motor vehicles; Russell County has 17,774 folks who drive 11,775 vehicles; in Casey County there are 15,891 people and 12,528 motor vehicles; Adair County has a population of 19,204 and 14,774 vehicles;  and Clinton County’s population is 10,165 with 7,045 vehicles registered in the county. Some 22,015 people live in Oneida and Huntsville and surrounding Scott County, Tenn. The number of registered vehicles in that county was not available.

In every dark cloud (traffic jam) there’s a silver lining, so they say. Would you believe the traffic situation in Somerset is better than it used to be? It may be difficult to comprehend while resisting road rage but Somerset’s circle of bypasses created during the past decade has reduced traffic flow through what is now the city’s main business district.

Although traffic counts tend to vary, indications are completion of four-lane bypasses around Somerset has significantly diverted traffic from the six-lane section of U.S. 27 between old Ky. 80 south to Boat Dock Road.

At one point, shortly after expanding this section of U.S. 27 to six lanes during the early 2000s, a traffic count showed 52,000 movements during a 24-hour period at the Langdon Street intersection leading to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. Department of Highway officials found this hard to explain except for motorists’ apparent fascination with the new six-lane highway.

Later, in 2010, a traffic count recorded 33,900 movements a day on U.S. 27 at Langdon Street. The count apparently was reduced by completion and partial completion of bypasses around Somerset. More recently, in 2014, a traffic counter on U. S. 27 near the old Ky. 80 intersection showed 26,980 movements.

Where have all the drivers gone? To Ky. 914 which circles Somerset on the southeastern and southwestern sides; to the northern bypass, an extension of Cumberland Parkway that takes traffic north of Somerset to U.S. 27; and to the unbelievably beautiful four-lane highway that is an extension of Ky. 1247 through Elihu and Cabin Hollow to a big-city-type interchange with U.S. 27 and Ky. 90 in northern Burnside.

Lake Cumberland is a popular destination for folks from Ohio and places north. If you are old enough to remember, downtown Somerset, before Ky. 80 bypass, was clogged on Friday afternoons with cars towing boats headed to the lake.

Four-lane Ky. 80 bypass, built during the 1970s, channeled most of the lake traffic north of Somerset to U.S. 27. Now, lake-bound motorists, coming off I-75 at Mt. Vernon, may go south on Ky. 461 to Ky. 80, then travel six miles west, turn left off Ky. 80 onto Ky. 914 and take the new four-lane Ky. 1247 to U.S. 27 at Burnside or Ky. 90 toward Monticello, bypassing Somerset altogether.

    –  By BILL MARDIS Commonwealth Journal Dec 5, 2015


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