TRIGG COUNTY, Ky (1/10/14) - A new traffic signal at the U.S. 68/U.S. 68-Business intersection east edge of Cadiz in Trigg County has been placed in flashing mode and is expected to go into full service on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.
The existing flashing beacon was removed on Wednesday and the electrical service moved to the new signal controller. The new signal will remain in flashing mode until it is fully activated.
KYTC District 1 Public Information Officer Keith Todd noted that new signals are placed in flashing mode for about 10 days prior to full activation to allow drivers to become familiar with the location. Todd urged motorists to be alert for changes in traffic flow the new signal will create at the intersection.
“As drivers, we are creatures of habit. We want everyone who regularly travels through this intersection to be prepared to alter their driving habits to meet changes created by this new signal,” Todd said.
An extended traffic flow study requested by city and county officials found there was sufficient turn activity from the eastbound lanes of U.S. 68-Business/Main Street heading eastward from downtown Cadiz toward Interstate 24 on the main line of U.S. 68 to justify a signal at the site.
The study found an average 12,413 vehicles travel through the intersection each day. During an eight-hour peak traffic study, 687 vehicles per hour traveled the main line of U.S. 68 at the site. Another 310 vehicles per hour traveled U.S. 68-Business/Main Street between 4 and 5 p.m., each day. Almost 300 of those vehicles were making a left turn from U.S. 68 Business traveling out of downtown Cadiz heading eastbound on U.S. 68 toward Interstate 24 and Hopkinsville.
While the crash rate was not a factor in placement of the signal, an analysis of U.S. 68 at Trigg County mile point 20.755 found 15 crashes over five years, or an average of 3 per year with no fatalities reported.
The new signal was designed so to be ready for full 4-lane traffic when an additional two lanes are constructed for U.S. 68 around Cadiz.
Weather permitting, the new signal is expected to be switched into full green-yellow-red mode at approximately 10:00 a.m., CST, on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.
Information provided by Keith Todd, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
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