Sun, Apr 23, 2017

ALBANY, KY - GPS Routing Continues to Cause Problems

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A tractor trailer traveling from Kentucky to Tennessee dips off the edge of the road and narrowly avoids overturning.

The accident happened earlier today at the intersection of Beech Bottom RD and Hwy 968 in the Beech Bottom Community.

The mishap is the result of an ongoing problem with GPS routing systems trucks use to determine the fastest route.

The problem is that the fastest route from Both to and from Tennesee's Highway 111 to KY HWY 90 west of Monticello, Kentucky is not safe for large trucks.

Most GPS systems show the fastest route turning right at US 127 at static and then turning left onto KY 1076. The next turn is KY 969 which leads to KY 1009 before reaching KY HWY 90. Much of the route consists of steep hills and sharp curves unsuitable for large trucks. Southbound trucks traveling on KY HWY 90 are taken the reverse route.

According to Jim Guffey, Clinton County Sheriff, an average of approximately 6 to 7 incident occur each year. Each time, as in today's incident, the road has to be closed for several hours for the truck to be uprighted or pulled out onto the roadway.

The safest route for trucks going, either way, to travel to the intersection of US HWY 127 N and KY HWY 90 which is just north of Albany.

Sheriff Guffey and Emergency Management Director, Lonnie Scott have both made attempts to get extra signage to warn trucks to take the safe route.

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