In July 2006, the city was approved for a $246,000 Safe Routes to School grant from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. At the time of its approval, Renaissance on Main Director Cindy Sholar had allocated about 20 percent of the budget for a traffic light at the school crosswalk. Her original plan was for a pedestrian cross light that could be activated by pushing a button. There was supposed to be a traffic light at the crosswalk in front of the school campus that would remain green until someone pushed the button to cross the street. At the time, the traffic light would turn red and the pedestrian would be able to cross.
Since that time, though, the grant has been on hold while the Transportation Cabinet has tried to decide what would be allowed. Miranda Thacker, public affairs officer for the Transportation Cabinet, said that cabinet officials met with Cadiz officials in the past few months and talked about their proposals. She said the plans were still under review and that the Cabinet is also still reviewing the location of the proposed traffic light. She said the Cabinet should come to a decision in a few weeks.
Shane Tucker, the state’s SRTS coordinator, said that once the city has a viable project and their plans are approved, drawings for the project would be submitted. Once those are reviewed and approved, the city can then advertise bids. He said the city would be reimbursed for their expenses. Municipalities take care of the reimbursements in a variety of ways, but Tucker said that most of them send a bill to the Transportation Cabinet each time they are sent a bill by their contractor.
For the latest report on the City's Safe Routes to School grant, see the January 9 Cadiz Record.