Department of Highways, District 10
Transportation Cabinet Installs New LED-Enhanced Curve Warning Sign on KY 82 in Estill County
JACKSON, KY – (Jan. 24, 2007) – In order to enhance safety along an accident-prone stretch of KY 82 in Estill County, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet today installed a new LED (light emitting diode) curve warning sign. This solar-powered LED-enhanced sign was placed near milepoint 4.5, just south of the Powell County line, for the benefit of northbound traffic in the vicinity of Salem Baptist Church. In addition, the advisory speed for this curve has been lowered from 35 mph to 25 mph.
“We are currently in the process of buying right of way for the relocation of KY 82 to bypass this curve which has been the site of several fatal crashes in the past few years,” said Linda Wagner-Justice, chief district engineer for the Department of Highways District 10. “We hope to let this project for bids later this year if the property acquisition process continues without delays. In the interim, however, we believe this sign will be a significant safety improvement to warn motorists that this curve can be more treacherous than it appears.”
Signs of this type were recently approved in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, the federal standard for traffic signs and signals. Similar signs have been installed in various locations across the state to improve visibility and call attention to potential highway hazards. Since these new LED-enhanced signs are solar powered, they save on electricity costs. They also automatically adjust the brightness of the flashing LEDs for better day or nighttime visibility.
“The new LED curve warning sign will supplement existing signage, including warnings that the highway is slippery when wet, to advise motorists to slow down and take care while traveling through this area,” Wagner-Justice said. “The new signage also warns drivers that the recommended maximum safe speed for this curve is 25 mph. Until the new alignment of KY 82 bypasses this curve, we urge drivers to slow down and pay attention to weather conditions and oncoming traffic whenever they use this road.”
KY 82 carries more than 3,500 vehicles per day in this area. This road connects Estill and Powell counties and provides access from Irvine and Ravenna to the Mountain Parkway at Clay City.
Mike Bush, Glenn Bush and Benny Chambers, employees of the Department of Highways District 10, installed the new LED-enhanced curve warning sign on KY 82 near Salem Baptist Church in Estill County. The new sign's LED flashers, powered by a solar panel mounted atop the sign assembly, are intended to call motorists' attention to the sharp curve. The advisory speed for the curve has been lowered from 35 mph to 25 mph.