Citizens have seen a great need for something the state will not provide, according to local officials.
Despite brand new roads and the near-completion of the Veterans Outer Loop, Mayor Rhonda Trautman and members of the Glasgow City Council’s infrastructure committee asked for help from the state to put lights on particularly dark parts of the new loop.
“These lights should have been included in the design stage of the [Outer Loop] project,” said infrastructure chairman Doug Isenberg. “For instance, [US] 68/ [Ky] 80 East, there are lights where it ends at the intersection, but the rest of the route is risky and dangerous.”
Trautman said she and other council members receive a lot of complaints from citizens about how dark the road is, particularly at cross streets and connecting side streets. Also in low-lying areas, fog covers the road at certain times making the roads dangerous, Trautman and Isenberg said.
“I want to emphasize to citizens that we locally are concerned, but it is out of our hands to some degree,” Trautman said in an email to the Daily Times.
But the Kentucky Department of Highways’ policy and procedures restrict them from putting up the lighting except at interstate interchanges and parkway interchanges, according to Greg Meredith, chief district engineer for the KDH district 3 in Bowling Green. The same policy applies for all state roads across the state.
For the full story, read the Nov. 10 print or e-Edition of the Glasgow Daily Times.