JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. – Traffic crews were busy today at the corner of Jessamine County’s Highway 169 and Bethany Road – not only a busy intersection, but one that’s proven fatal.
Crews were activating new traffic signals with the hopes of making the area safer. Neighbors who live in the area say they’re glad something is finally being done.
“Keep in mind that one of our neighbors lost a child at this intersection,” said Ronald McBride.
McBride says it’s not uncommon for this intersection to see accidents, but some are worse than others.
“If you have a stop light up there people will stop with cars coming over that hill at 45-55 miles per hour,” said McBride. “You’re going to have tragedies.”
Keeping the concerns of residents in mind, the Kentucky Department of Transportation installed new signals that are supposed to inform drivers when cars are coming from the opposite direction.
“We just want motorists to be aware of the changes and the changes will include flashing beacons, and also additional signage,” said Natasha Lacy of the Kentucky Department of Transportation.
The department of transportation hopes the installation of the signals will be finished in the next few days. Residents in the area say so far they’re pleased with the upgrades.
“We don’t know what the results are going to be but we are just thrilled that the Kentucky Department of Transportation is taking the leadership in trying to solve a very dangerous intersection problem,” McBride said.