Access issues raised

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By Sandy Ashlock

Consideration of Fort Knox’s traffic problem has been addressed in the past and some corrective measures have been proposed but none followed through. It has generally been Fort Knox’s view that as long as Soldiers and employees can exit the post their responsibility is done.
The fact of the matter is Fort Knox, is one of the few, and possibly the only major military installation that dumps all its traffic on to one highway, and not an interstate at that.
This problem was recognized when the state and federal government jointly funded the construction of Highway 313 so that military convoys could enter and exit the military post directly from Interstate 65 without driving through Radcliff and Elizabethtown. Seldom is that route used. There is no gate allowing the entrance and exit of traffic directly from the installation on Highway 313. If there was it would avoid the need for Soldiers and employees living in Jefferson, LaRue, Bullitt and Nelson counties to enter U.S. Highway 31W.
The recent train wreck at West Point points again, to the need to open a part-time gate on Highway 313. The simple solution is to open the Shepherdsville Road exit on a Monday through Friday daytime schedule to allow entrance and exit to the installation from I-65 and the north eastern portion of Elizabethtown. This would allow easy access for installation workers to North Miles Street (aka Shepherdsville Road), Pear Orchard Rodd (aka Bewley Hollow Road) and Ring Road. The city of Elizabethtown is currently doing their part by widening North Miles in the area of Ring Road.
It’s time for the Fort Knox garrison commander and other post officials to take action on an old, mostly neglected subject.
    Paul Urbahns
    Retired Fort Knox employee