Thursday, September 17, 2015

Providence traffic light being removed

Following a 3-month study, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC)  plans to remove a traffic signal at the intersection of KY 109/Broadway and KY 120/Main Street in Providence.

KYTC District 2 traffic engineers placed the signal in flashing mode on June 4th to allow a traffic signal removal study.  The engineering data collected during the 90 day study period confirmed that a traffic signal is no longer warranted at this location.  During the study the signal was in flashing mode with the intersection functioning as a 4-way stop.

“Over the years, the traffic volume at this intersection has decreased,” KYTC District 2 Traffic Engineer Kenny Potts said.  “During the study period, our traffic engineering group monitored the intersection to determine possible adverse impacts to traffic flow that might be associated with removal of the signal.  During the study there was only one police reported crash at the intersection.”

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 the intersection in an average day.

Potts noted that if the study had indicated it should remain in operation, the existing signal would have required significant upgrades that could have cost up to $100,000.  The existing mast arm signal poles were determined to be structurally deficient.  One of the support masts had been struck and damaged by a truck in recent years.

The existing signal structure was installed by the City of Providence in cooperation with KYTC in 1991. The City started the process of removing the signal heads and supports this week. Additional changes to this intersection will include the installation of ADA compliant sidewalk ramps. At such time as that work is completed, new pavement marking will be installed.

Potts indicated traffic engineers will continue to monitor this intersection over the next couple of months to determine if additional traffic control devices are needed beyond the traditional 4-way STOP signage that has been installed.

Work to remove the signal heads, electrical wiring, and support structure and installation of new ADA compliant sidewalk ramps could take several weeks to complete.  Motorists are urged to be alert for personnel and construction equipment working in and around the intersection in downtown Providence.