Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Providence traffic signal not gone yet

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is conducting a study to determine if a traffic signal at the intersection of KY 109/Broadway and KY 120/Main Street in Providence should remain in operation.

KYTC District 2 traffic engineers plan to place the signal in flashing mode to allow a traffic flow study.  The study, expected to take 60 to 90 days, is to determine how well traffic moves through the intersection without the signal in operation.

“Over the years, the traffic volume at this intersection has decreased.  To study the dynamics of this intersection our traffic group will deactivate the traffic signal and allow the intersection to operate as a 4-way stop,” KYTC District 2 Traffic Engineer Kenny Potts said.  “During the study period, our engineers will monitor the intersection to determine if there are any adverse impacts to traffic flow that might be associated with removal of the signal.”

The traffic signal is in downtown Providence at KY 109 mile point 1.332 and KY 120 mile point 4.836.  Approximately 6,300 vehicles travel through this intersection in an average day.
Potts noted that if the study indicates it should remain in operation the existing signal would require significant upgrades.  A review of intersection crash data for the previous 3 years indicated that several crashes could be eliminated by removal of the signal.

“Traffic Signal Under Study for Removal” signs will be placed on approaches to the intersection.  Transportation engineers expect to have signs in place and to put the signal in flashing mode around 10 a.m., CST, on Thursday, June 4, 2015.  Traffic engineers will them monitor the intersection from time to time to evaluate the impact on traffic flow during peak travel periods.

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