Road change makes sense

Published 10:18 am Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Nothing any of us do will be able to bring South Point teenager Corey Taylor back to life. But, Taylor’s legacy could be one that saves the lives of others.

Taylor died in a car accident on Charlie Creek Road Christmas night, a tragedy friends and family believe could be avoided if the county will simply make some changes to improve a dangerous section of the road.

On behalf of the family, Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless has sent a letter to the county commissioners and county engineer David Lynd asking that some culvert work be done and a guardrail be placed at a section of the road less than one mile from U.S. 52.

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Taylor’s family and other residents believe that water constantly sits on the roadway, meaning it freezes during winter weather, and creates dangerous driving conditions.

And sadly, we believe other accidents have occurred in this same location, adding weight to the family’s request.

Even one loss of life is unacceptable.

We urge Lynd and his office to take a long, hard look at this section of the road — and do it quickly.

The benefits from addressing this need far outweigh any logistics that may come from getting it fixed.

Even for a cash-strapped county like ours, you cannot put a price on what it would mean to safeguard the lives of countless motorists.