A few weeks ago you may have noticed traffic monitors at the entrances to Gaines Drive which is the outer road that services the hospital, Compass Health and the other business to the left and right of the hospital.
GVMH partnered with the City of Clinton to engage an engineering firm to collect information to provide MO DOT in order to identify improvements to Gaines Drive. The outer road around the hospital carries a lot of public traffic, emergency vehicles and large delivery and service vehicles. The two entrances to Gaines flow onto major highways and each intersection has a relatively high prevalence for accidents.
For those of you, like me, who drive on Gaines every day you realize how narrow it is and how difficult it is for service trucks to access businesses along the route. Take a look at the ditch in front of Sears and you’ll see ruts from semi trucks because the road is so narrow that drivers aren’t able to stay on the road when making deliveries.
The traffic counts showed that the exit from Gaines Drive onto 13 highway carries the most traffic and of that traffic a very high percentage turns left when exiting onto the highway. GVMH and the City would like to see a new exit onto 13 highway that allows for both right and left turn lanes and is located a little to the north from the current location. We would also like to see Gaines widened and have curb and gutters installed for safety. In addition to those modifications we would like to see Gaines Drive extended all the way to 52 highway to provide for easier access to south bound travel and to reduce the amount of traffic utilizing the exit that is across from Golden Drive on the 7 & 13 interchange.
We are a long way from getting anything done with MO DOT but we now have data to support the need. I will keep you informed as I learn more in the coming months.