Does Main Street need another stop light?
by Franklin Clark, Reporter --
Aug 25, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
There are currently three traffic lights in the city proper, and there are no plans as of now to add more, said Cadiz Police Chief Hollis Alexander.

The police chief also said that if a light were on Main Street, it would be funded by the state, whereas a light on a local street would have to be funded by the city.

“They are congested but not really all that dangerous,” Alexander said.

On the other hand, if there were new lights to be added, Alexander thinks the first two to have traffic lights installed should be the intersection of Main Street and Midway Street/Nunn Boulevard and the intersection of U.S. 68/60 and Main Street.

There were 169 accidents last year, seven of which were at intersections without a traffic light, Alexander said, adding that the number of accidents per year has stayed about the same in the past few years.

Keith Todd, public information officer for Districts One and Two of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, talked about the number of cars per day that came through various parts of Cadiz last year.

For example, the total intersection traffic at the junction of Main Street and Ky. 139 was about 8,187 per day, while 2,213 cars traveled north on Ky. 139 and 1,154 traveled south. About 7,489 cars per day traveled east from that intersection, while 5,517 traveled west.

About 2,800 cars came through the intersection of Brown Street and Ky.139/Jefferson Street. Additionally, About 9,921 cars per day traveled east on Main Street from Midway Street, while 7,489 cars traveled west from that point.

Also, 9.164 cars traveled on U.S. 68 west of Broadbent Boulevard, while 7,641 cars traveled on U.S. 68 east of Interstate 24.

In comparison, about 18,393 cars per day traveled east of Exit 65 on Interstate 24, while 16,610 cars traveled west.

“As far as an intersection getting a signal, there are factors that go beyond traffic count,” Todd said. “Our traffic engineers look at the crash rate, the wait time to make a turn, and other factors.”
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