City aldermen met Tuesday to discuss ways to improve roads around Jefferson Regional Medical Center.
Alderman Win Trafford said he’s met with JRMC Chief Executive Officer Brian Thomas about ways to increase safety and decrease congestion on the roadways surrounding the hospital.
“They want 42nd and 40th to both be good access points to the hospital, especially moving forward with building the new campus and buildings,” Trafford said.
Some of the potential road projects mentioned include widening 46th between Cherry Street and Olive Street, widening Hazel Street from I-530 to 42nd Street and improving drainage along that stretch. The aldermen would also like to widen the road to make turning easier at intersections such as 46th and Olive and 40th and Hazel, and improving visibility at 40th and Cherry. Improving signage to the hospital also was discussed.
Another area discussed was 28th street near Hazel in front of the Rally’s restaurant, where Aldermen Glen Brown, Jr. and Trafford have said the westbound lanes are too narrow. Street Department Manager Rick Rhoden said the way to address the problem is work with Rally’s to eliminate the curb in front of the restaurant. Trafford also spoke about troublesome littering and overgrowth on streets in the areas of Beech Street from 36th to Greenbriar Drive, 31st and Mulberry, and Elm Street from 34th to Cherry.
“I know there was a lot of ditch cleaning was going on and it just kind of stopped,” Trafford said.
“It’s the city’s responsibility, but it’s also the property owners,” Rhoden said.
“It is, but we cant just let something go forever while waiting on them,” Trafford said. “We have to get it done and then enforce it better over time.”