Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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April 27, 2010

New traffic light at supercenter

GLASGOW — State Highway Department officials are not sure when a new traffic light at the entrance to the Walmart Supercenter on Happy Valley Road will be turned on.

“Do to the weather, we are not sure when we’ll turn it on,” said Keirsten Jaggers, public information officer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in Bowling Green.

The traffic light will be one of three along the stretch of road from the intersection of Happy Valley and Reynolds roads to the intersection of Veterans’ Outer Loop and Happy Valley Road.

It was requested by Walmart officials, Jaggers said.

“A request for a single at this location had been made before, but at the time it did not meet warrants but it does now,” Jaggers said.

Walmart officials had no comment to make about the installation of the traffic light.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet conducted a traffic count to find out if a new traffic light was needed at that particular entrance to the store’s parking lot. The count revealed that a traffic light at that entrance was needed, she said.

“The majority of what the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet does is based on data ..., which is why we do studies, or in this case traffic counts,” Jaggers said.

While there is a high volume of traffic at that entrance to the parking lot, there isn’t a high number of wrecks that occur there, according to Glasgow Police Department officials.

Joey Crews, acting public information officer for the Glasgow Police Department, said the entrance is not known to be a high traffic incident area.

“We haven’t seen a whole of accidents there; nothing out of the ordinary,” he said. “I don’t see it as being a problem area.”

 Crews sees the new traffic light will be a convenience for motorists traveling that section of the road.

Whether it will ease the number of wrecks that occur at the intersection, the police department won’t know until after the light has been in operation for a while, he said.

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