Cleaning up downtown

March 28, 2015

By Bobbie Poynter


Editor

What looked like a pleasant Monday afternoon stroll through town turned out to be so much more. Debby Spencer of “We Make Things Happen,” Patty Frazier, Scot Clouse, Dennis Mills were conducting a walkabout of the downtown area of Barbourville as part of Tourism’s Strategic Plan for Barbourville. The group was looking for specific ways to improve the overall look of the streets, sidewalks and buildings themselves.

Below is a list of the good and not-so-good points the group observed during its walk:

  • Intersection of Liberty & High Streets need crosswalks added.
  • Need street repair on Liberty Street next to Thelma’s and Parking Lot.
  • Need to add planter in Visitor Center front parking lot.
  • Bank driveway on High Street needs some work.
  • Intersection of Main Street and High Street
  • Sidewalks are in good shape
  • All four corners are ADA
  • Need repair work on southeast corner of High Street and Main
  • Around the Square
  • Awnings need cleaning
  • Sidewalks are in good shape
  • All cross walks need to be repainted
  • Parking spaces need to be repainted
  • Need foundation work on corner building on the Square next to Ugly Mug.
  • Intersection of South Main and Daniel Boone Drive
  • Needs crosswalk added
  • No sidewalk on Daniel Boone Drive between Sycamore and South Main (Not necessary)
  • Intersection of Liberty Street and Daniel Boone Drive
  • Crosswalks need to be repainted
  • Sidewalks are ADA (American Disability Act approved) but need repair work on northwest corner.
  • The Front Door into downtown Barbourville will be Daniel Boone Drive
  • Gateway signage needs to be added.
  • Flowers need to be added to lampposts.
  • The primary driving route to the Recreation & Water Park will be N. Allison Street
  • Need crosswalks repainted at the intersection of both Daniel Boone and the intersection of Knox.
  • Need tourism directional signage added and changing mural (See Group #6 Signage Plan)
  • Bicycle route to Recreation & Water Park will be Broadway
  • Need crosswalks repainted at the intersection of both Daniel Boone and the intersection of Knox.
  • Need “Share the Road” Bicycle signs
  • The primary route to the Visitor Center, Union College, and the Aquatic & Wellness Center will be Cumberland/College St. This will also be the Bicycle Route.

Justification:

  • Parallels the Civil War Park.
  • Road is wide enough to add bicycle lane.
  • Most scenic drive into Downtown.
  • Crosswalks need to be added at the intersection of Daniel Boone & Cumberland.
  • Crosswalks need to be repainted at the intersection of Knox & College.
  • Need tourism directional signage at intersection.
  • Bicycle Lane needs to be added on N. Cumberland/College.
  • Restaurant parking lot needs cracks repaired.
  • From College Street, the primary route to the Aquatic & Wellness Center will be to turn left onto Manchester, right onto Main then right again at Ballard.

At the intersection of Daniel Boone Drive & Liberty Street, there will be a second sign to the Visitor Center.

  • Knox Street from College Street to the Square will be the main entrance to the Square.
  • Parking spaces need to be repainted from the Square down to Liberty Street.
  • Crosswalks at College, Liberty, and entering the Square need to be repainted.

“So, now we take our findings back to the committees and start getting our hands dirty,” said Spencer. “We’ll be working with both the city and the community, and if we need to go out and pick up some paint brushes, then that’s what we’ll do. The mayor is already on board. He said he will help with the crosswalks.”

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