Department of Highways, District 11
GOVERNOR ERNIE FLETCHER AND THE KENTUCKY TRANSPORTATION CABINET INSTALL NEW SAFETY DEVICES ON I-75 IN LAUREL AND ROCKCASTLE COUNTIES “Slippery When Wet” LED Solar Powered Flashing Signs

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, December 19, 2006  
Contact Information:  SANDY RUDDER
INFORMATION OFFICER
(606) 598-2145
Sandy.Rudder@ky.gov
 


Manchester, Kentucky (December 19, 2006) –  In an effort to reduce crashes on our roadways, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has installed a new safety device on two sections of I-75 in Laurel and Rockcastle Counties.  Flashing LED enhanced signs have been erected warning motorists of “Slippery When Wet” pavement conditions.

"Making our driving population aware of potential hazards is a substantial portion of the cabinet's mission," said Tim Hazlette, Commissioner of the newly formed Department of Transportation Safety.  "Respect for the roadway is a critical responsibility for drivers and is paramount to reducing the likelihood of loosing control of your vehicle and having a crash."

The new LED devices are located at Milepoints 49(Southbound) and 48(Northbound) in Laurel County, Milepoints 54(Southbound) and 52(Northbound) in Rockcastle County.  The solar powered LED’s are activated at the onset of precipitation, when rain contacts a moisture sensor mounted on the sign, and will continue for approximately 40 minutes after precipitation ends.

The Transportation Cabinet identified these areas as having a higher than normal rate of accidents during wet pavement which prompted the installation of these additional devices.  The flashing LED’s give added visual emphasis to the standard “Slippery When Wet” signs they are mounted on and are inserted in the sign border. 

“The new LED technology used for the flashing lights has a very low energy consumption making the solar power a good viable choice,” said Mike West, Traffic Engineer.

The flashing LED’s should alert motorists to the displayed message urging them to use caution when driving on wet roadways.  The “Slippery When Wet” signs are applicable even if the LED’s aren’t flashing.  The LED Flashers create awareness for motorists to reduce their speed and use caution as they enter these areas, when the roadway is wet.

The solar powered flashers eliminate installing electrical meters, conduit, poles and transformers for an electrical service.  This makes the solar powered units less intrusive on the environment and greatly simplifies and accelerates the installation process.  District Traffic Crews are impressed by the simplicity, ease and speed of installation as well.

“Safety of the traveling public is of the utmost concern to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and these new safety devices are another added resource in our efforts to reduce crashes,” concluded Mike Calebs, Branch Manager for Traffic.

Safety measures which were passed during the 2006 legislative session, primary seat belt, graduated drivers’ license and quick clearance, reflect Governor Fletcher’s leadership in creating safer highways for the traveling public.  Current statistics are at a five year low for fatalities.  

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MP 48(Northbound) Laurel Co.

 

MP 54(SOUTHBOUND) ROCKCASTLE CO.