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AA Highway KY – Dangerous Highway
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Have you ever traveled the AA Highway through Kentucky from Cincinnati,OH. to Grayson,KY.? It is called the AA Highway, because it is named for where it begins to where it was supposed to end. The Highway begins in Alexandria,KY. and was supposed to end in Ashland,KY.

It actually runs from I-275 loop around Cincinnati,OH. to either Grayson,KY and I-64 or if you do not turn off it will run you RT. 23 in Greenup,KY. There is a lot of truck traffic on this road, as it cuts off something like 75 to 100 miles if you are traveling from Cincinnati,OH. to Lexington,KY. to I-64 to go east towards WV…or vice verse if you are traveling from WV. towards Cincinnati, OH.

I have lived for my entire life, and ever since this Highway was built there have been tons of wrecks on it. I could not tell you how many people have been killed on this road, But I will Bet you it is way up there. The road is not that old compared to others. It is a 20+ year old road, the problem with the road is there are way to many places for vehicles to gain access the road.

Speeders on this road are also a common site. Kentucky does a speeding blitz every year around May, they set the speed limit electronic signs up, and the police go crazy for a few days.

I have seen speeding tickets ranging from 60/55 mph to 100/55 mph in the local paper. Of which rarely there is a Truck driver caught during this time. If you have traveled it, then you understand on the northern end of it, it is fairly hilly and trucks need to get a run at some of those hills. Which normally I have traveled it at 65 mph with no trouble. I have paid the price a couple of times also, once for 74/55 mph and another for 71/55 mph. One was reduced to 60/55 mph and the other was a warning. Both were in a big truck, and both were after ascending a big hill and letting the truck roll over the other side.

There have been numerous tractor trailer accidents on this road. Due to the fact of all the places a car/pick-up can access this road.

Fog is a big contributor of accidents on this highway as well. There was talk a couple years ago about trying to widen this road to a four lane all the way. The road is a four lane when you first get on it for about 15 miles, then it goes to a two lane road. Not a whole lot of places to pass on this road either. It does have a few slow lanes on hills but that is it.

The reason for this post, is just to maybe bring and awareness to a driver that mights see this route on his/her map and try to save time, when in reality the shortest route is not always the fastest route. Stay safe out there, and if you get up and around Tollesboro, KY on the AA Highway give us a honk, I live right off the Highway.

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9 Responses

  1. AA First Responder
    51 mos, 1 wk ago

    I have been a first responder and while yes the 4 wheelers zip on thru. Countless time i have seen the big truck blow thru the redlights. Big truck tailgating and big trucks rolling over in the shoulders.

  2. 51 mos, 1 wk ago

    Thanks for the comment AA First Responder. This is a typical response from somebody who doesn’t understand, why a truck seems to be tailgating or seems to have JUST ran that light.
    I have ran several on the AA highway, just because it was safer to keep going than to try and stop and chance a jack knife or getting stopped in the middle of the intersection. What good would that do?
    Trucks tailgating as you say, usually happens because the typical 4 wheeler driver cannot keep a constant speed and constantly speeds up and slows down. When this happens yes a truck usually will catch them pretty quickly. Or it will happen at the bottom of a hill, usually because a 4 wheeler is not paying attention that a truck is coming off the hill and will slow down and the truck keeps rolling at a constant speed, and catches said 4 wheeler quick.
    My last thought, is if everyone would pay more attention, to their surroundings and LEARN to drive accordingly, there would be less wrecks.

  3. Miskit
    39 mos, 1 wk ago

    The trouble is that a lot of those bullies in high school wound up as truck drivers. (At least the ones who aren’t in prision.)
    Most truck drivers are pretty good. About 10% shouldn’t be allowed to drive.
    I have been tailgaited by trucks while I was going 75 mph.
    Another aggravation is when they hog all the lanes going up hills 20 or 30 mph below the speed limit. I’ve seen them hog 5 lanes doing this.

  4. linda
    39 mos ago

    I have traveled the AA so much(for Geology work in Maysville and to go to Cincy)I could do it with my eyes closed-just kidding! Seriously it is up to both the Truckers and the 4 wheel(cars, etc.)drivers to make this road safer. Cars, keep a constant speed, if you cannot get over to the right when possible, let the trucks pass. Truckers, realize sometimes, the small the car, or whatever, may not have enough power to floor it up some of those tough grades. Also it is def. a road you want to pay attention on…I am constantly scanning and looking around and seeing what is going on. I never speed either.

  5. Atkins
    28 mos ago

    Not a trucker. Since I discovered it I have used AA several times. It is much more desirable than US 52 on the Ohio side. Thank you Kentucky!

    Yes, it’s two lane, and yes, it’s hilly; but the scenery is beautiful, and there are no major cities along the way. This is the perfect link from Huntington WV to Cincinnati OH. I have never felt it to be particularly unsafe. You need to be awake, alert, and well-behaved wherever you drive.

  6. mark
    24 mos, 4 wks ago

    Atkins,
    not trying to be a jerk or anything, but watch the road not your surroundings,
    this can be a cause of some of the wrecks.

  7. beth thompson
    19 mos, 3 wks ago

    I live right off the AA Hwy in Alexandria KY. Several years ago the state of KY installed flashing yellow lights approx 100-200 yards before the traffic light, warning of the red light. They start at I-275 and are at every light for approx 15 miles. There is a REAL problem with truckers running the red lights. Case in point was in 2008 or 09?? a trucker carrying a load of steel ran a red light and rear ended a pick up truck driven by a mother with two children. The big rig slammed into the back of the Ford Ranger at over 65 miles per hour, throwing the vehicle into a nearby ditch. Miraculously, only 1 child was killed. The other two survived.
    My comment is directed toward FLATBROKETRUCKN. . . I hope, for your sake and the sake of all of us that drive on AA, you do not run anymore red lights! It is without a doubt, ABSOLUTELY

  8. beth thompson
    19 mos, 3 wks ago

    I live right off the AA Hwy in Alexandria KY. Several years ago the state of KY installed flashing yellow lights approx 100-200 yards before the traffic light, warning of the red light. They start at I-275 and are at every light for approx 15 miles. There is a REAL problem with truckers running the red lights. Case in point was in 2008 or 09?? a trucker carrying a load of steel ran a red light and rear ended a pick up truck driven by a mother with two children. The big rig slammed into the back of the Ford Ranger at over 65 miles per hour, throwing the vehicle into a nearby ditch. Miraculously, only 1 child was killed. The other two survived.
    My comment is directed toward FLATBROKETRUCKN. . . It is absolutely NOT necessary for you or anyone to run through a red light due to a “safety” issue. That’s total BS! If YOU were driving the speed limit AND paying attention you would be able to stop in time (even hauling 80,000 lbs.) and not jack knife. The #1 reason AA is so dangerous is because of truckers like you! I see truckers running the red lights at least twice a week (from my intersection alone) and it scares the hell out of me. At my intersection, you can see the traffic light a good 500 yards away – at the top of a hill. What excuse do you have for running that one? I have plenty of family that are drivers and I respect all drivers on the road. After all, they’re on the road all day – every day and I understand the frustrations they must feel with stupid drivers in cars. Dealing with stupid drivers in cars is part of the job – there’s no getting around it. Just remember, once a life is gone – there’s no going back for it! Stay safe on the AA!

  9. Charity
    3 mos, 2 wks ago

    For those who complain so much about truckers.. My husband is a truck driver and has been for 10+ years.. I have had the pleasures of riding along with him and exploring this beautiful country.. To get to the point, I have the pleasures of riding along side him, 8 out of 10 CARS the people driving are texting or at the least got their phone stuck to their ears..2nd point, these trucks have upto 80,000 pushing them up and down these roads.. We use the slow lanes going up hills unless our truck gets stuck behind a truck that doesn’t have the power to climb the hill so we go around and yes it might take a minute but when we get passed the slower moving truck we get right back over in the truck lane… 90 % of the truck drivers out there do the exact same thing…3rd coming down the hills, like I said before 80,000 lbs PUSHING us down the hills. Cars have the fast lane and truckers use the slow lane… Cars.. Learn how to drive and get over on the fast lane and let the truckers use their lane to cruise down the mountain… Then.. No problems;) because : WITHOUT TRUCKERS, THE ONLY THING YOU WOULD HAVE TO PUT IN YOUR MOUTH WOULD BE YOUR FOOT !! :)

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