KY Department of Highways District Two
Addition of 4-Way Stop at KY 181-KY 175 in Muhlenberg Co.

Press Release Date:  Monday, October 31, 2005  
Contact Information:  Keith Todd
(270) 824-7080


Addition of 4-Way Stop at KY 181-KY 175 Intersection near Bremen Aimed at Improving Safety

New 4-way Stop to Go Up Friday


Madisonville, KY – (October 31, 2005) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is making improvements to an intersection that hundreds of Muhlenberg County residents drive through everyday.  A 4-Way Stop is being added at the intersection of KY 181 and KY 175 just west of Bremen in northern Muhlenberg County.

The change to a 4-way stop is being implemented after a routine traffic safety survey found a significantly higher than average vehicle crash rate for the intersection.

According to District Two Transportation Engineer Branch Manager for Traffic Kenny Potts, highway department traffic crews will put up temporary message boards to remind motorist of the added stop for traffic on KY 181.

“We are alerting everyone who regularly travels through this Muhlenberg County intersection to be aware that we adding a four-way stop.   Humans are creatures of habit, so it is sometimes difficult to remember to stop when you’ve traveled through an intersection without stopping all your life,” Potts said. “We already have a flashing traffic beacon at that intersection.  The beacon lenses on KY 181 will be changed from yellow to red, indicating a stop is required.  The changes will be made Friday morning, November 4th at 10:00 a.m.”

In addition to temporary message boards, permanent solar powered LED “stop ahead” signs will be put up to alert motorists to the change on KY 181.  Rumble strips will also be added to the roadway to alert drivers to the stop as they approach the intersection.

“This is another example of the commitment on behalf of Governor Fletcher and the Transportation Cabinet to making safety improvements to our highway network,” said Chief District Engineer Ted Merryman.  “One of the issues at the KY 181/KY175 intersection is an embankment that limits sight distance. The Scott Cemetery is very close to the road.  Some of the graves date back to the late 1700’s.  Cutting back the embankment would require relocating some of the graves in that historic cemetery.  We’ve determined that the best way to improve safety is to change the intersection to a four-way stop.”

About 1200 vehicles a day pass through the intersection on KY 181.  Approximately 800 vehicles a day pass through the intersection on KY 175.  

The Kentucky Department of Highways maintains nearly 311 miles of highways in Muhlenberg County.