Alexander’s statistics noted a total of 133 total accidents within his department’s jurisdiction. Of those, 49 occurred within parking lots. Thirty-nine accidents occurred on Main Street. Alexander noted two injury accidents within that period, including one fatality, also occurring on Main Street.
Numbers for 2007 fare no better, with a total of 133 accidents as of September 25. Fifty-two of the accidents occurred within parking lots, while 33 happened along Main Street. Alexander reported eight injury accidents, but his report did not note the location for these accidents.
“It is my professional opinion that a traffic light somewhere between the lights at 139 and Lakota Drive would break up the flow of traffic,” said Alexander. “I am unsure where to place it, whether at Midway, Turner, Wharton or Cunningham would be a good location. Everyone has noted the amount of traffic has grown in the last five years.”
Alexander explained how a traffic signal would benefit motorists. “It breaks up traffic and gives people a chance to pull out onto Main Street. The only other thing to do would be to add a third lane to the road starting at Ferrell’s and running up to the school. The best thing to do is to have a stoplight. It is the least expensive alternative, because the third lane would take millions of dollars to build.”
Not only is Main Street one of the most dangerous roads in the county, but among the busiest. The Kentucky Department of Highways recorded 8,900 cars per day in 2006 at the intersection of Main and Bella Drive. Further west, the department counted 7,800 cars per day at Main and Line Streets. For contrast, State Highway Department Public Affairs Officer Keith Todd said that his office counted 17,800 eastbound cars on I-24, with 17,400 westbound cars. I-24 offers four lanes of traffic and controlled access points for motorists. Main Street has unlimited access, with two lanes of traffic, and in many places, limited shoulders.
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