FRANKFORT, KY (FOX19) - More than 16,000 people participated in a transportation survey by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) to further develop its Long Range Transportation Plan.
The results showed an overwhelming number of people would like the state to focus on maintaining and improving the highway system, and more specifically, the bridges and roadway surface. The "Your Turn" survey also indicated a desire for developing multi-modal options for trips when possible.
The 19-question public survey focused on demographics, funding options and transportation needs and desires.
Not surprisingly, 88% of responders said driving alone was their primary method of transportation, followed by 4% who carpool, 3% who take the bus, 2% who said 'other', another 2% via bicycle and 1% who walk.
Another question asked, "Based on your primary method of transportation, how many miles do you drive in an average day?" The top responses were 26 to 50 miles (21%) and 5 to 10 miles (17%).
Regarding importance of transportation issues, maintenance of bridges had the highest rating average. Improving safety along state roadways followed, in addition to providing a smooth driving surface and better flow of traffic during rush hours. The least rated issue was improving access to freight rail service.
Question 8 asked, "How strongly would you support the following options as additional funding sources for transportation improvements?" While raising taxes is never a popular option, KYTC officials report there seemed to be a growing sentiment that tolls on roads or bridges may be acceptable in certain situations. The most popular response was 'Government Bonds'.
The survey also used keyword analysis from individual survey response comments. The phrase that occurred most frequently in Northern Kentucky counties was "Brent Spence." The two-deck bridge carries both interstate highways across the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Covington.
The bridge is structurally sound but classified "functionally obsolete" because of its narrow lanes, absence of emergency shoulders and limited visibility on its lower deck. Ohio and Kentucky officials have been studying and discussing funding options for a new Brent Spence Bridge.
The results from this survey will help officials in writing the Long Range Transportation Plan, due out later this year. Read details about each response here: http://transportation.ky.gov/YourTurn/Documents/Survey%20ReportFINALnov6.pdf