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U.S. 60/KY 145 Traffic Signal in Corydon to be studied for possible removal

U.S. 60/KY 145 Traffic Signal in Corydon to be studied for possible removal

Bill Stephens

November 3rd, 2016

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KYTC NEWS RELEASE

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (Nov. 4, 2016) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is conducting a study to determine if a traffic signal at the intersection of U.S. 60 (Main Street) and KY 145 (7th Street and Greenlick Road) in Corydon should remain in operation.

KYTC District 2 traffic engineers plan to place the signal in flashing mode starting Friday to study how traffic moves through the intersection without the signal. The study is expected to take about 90 days to complete.

“This signal was originally placed in operation to assist with the volume of traffic at the Old Corydon School,” KYTC District 2 Chief Engineer Wade Clements said. “During the study period, our engineers will monitor the area for adverse impacts to traffic flow that might be associated with removal of the signal.”

The traffic signal is along U.S. 60 in Corydon at Henderson County mile point 2.934 and KY 145 mile point 8.131. Approximately 6,500 vehicles travel through the intersection on U.S. 60 in an average day.

In a letter to Corydon Mayor James Self outlining the signal study and removal process, Clements noted that a preliminary scan of traffic data indicates the intersection no longer meets the warrants for a traffic signal.

“Vehicular volumes at this intersection on both KY 145 and Green Lick Road are well below the minimum requirements for a traffic signal,” Clements added. “Also, a review of the vehicular crashes at this intersection indicate that most of the crashes occurring at this location are rear-end type involving vehicles that are stopped on U.S. 60 waiting for the traffic signal to turn green.”

During the 90 day study period, KYTC engineers will monitor traffic flow from time to time, as well as police crash reports. If significant traffic safety problems occur, the signal will be returned to normal operation. Otherwise, the cabinet will proceed with the complete removal of the signal.

“The removal of the traffic signal is expected to reduce vehicle delays and also increase the safety of this intersection by minimizing the potential for rear-end type crashes on U.S. 60. Upon removal of this traffic signal, this intersection will be converted to a two-way stop intersection with U.S. 60 traffic having the right-of-way,” Clements said.

If the study indicates it should remain in operation, Clements said the existing signal would need significant upgrades.

Transportation engineers expect to have signs in place and to put the signal in flashing mode around 10 a.m., CST, on Friday, November 5, 2016. The traffic signal will flash yellow for traffic on U.S. 60. It will flash red for traffic on KY 145 and Greenlick Road with stop signs added. “Traffic Signal Under Study for Removal” signs will be placed on all approaches to the intersection.

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