Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Opinion

June 28, 2013

Changes at Outer Loop, Franks Mill under way

OUR VIEW

GLASGOW — The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has begun studying the issues at the intersection of Veterans Outer Loop and Franks Mill Road. Since the intersection was created with the opening of the third leg of the loop in October of 2011, there have been nearly a dozen crashes at the intersection, including one on the afternoon of June 4 that killed 46-year-old Kathy Cross of Horse Cave.

The following week, there were crashes at the same intersection on consecutive days. No one was killed in those collisions, but many at the intersection have resulted in injuries to those in the vehicles.

Greg Meredith, chief district engineer at the District 3 Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Department of Highways office in Bowling Green, explained to Daily Times reporter Melinda J. Overstreet there have been steps taken to improve safety at the intersection.

They have installed larger stop signs, improved signage approaching the area of the intersection and moved the stop strips on Franks Mill Road closer to the intersection in order to improve visibility down the loop from a stopped position on Franks Mill. Meredith also explained they continue to study the traffic flow and other factors to determine whether these changes will be effective.

We hope they will, but we also believe the intersection may require some form of traffic signal, especially for drivers coming to the area at night.

As of the writing of Overstreet's article and this editorial there were no street lights at the approach of the intersection either on Franks Mill or Veterans Outer Loop.

In November 2012, Glasgow Mayor Rhonda Riherd Trautman inquired with the department of transportation about having more lights installed along dark areas of the outer loop, especially in areas where it met other roadways. Trautman told the Daily Times then that she and council members receive a lot of complaints from citizens about how dark the road is, particularly at cross streets and connecting side streets.

Meredith explained at the time that his department's policy only allows for light installment at interstate interchanges and parkway interchanges, which would leave the city and/or the county responsible for additional lighting along the outer loop.

A traffic light would be the responsibility of the state.

The Daily Times took an unscientific online poll asking for votes on what should be done at the intersection. With 502 votes cast during two weeks, the favored method – 62 percent – was the installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of Franks Mill Road and Veterans Outer Loop.

We agree that will be the best way to reduce crashes at the intersection.

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