Department of Highways, District 6
Flashing Yellow Warning Lights to be added as a Safety Feature to I-75
Lights will Help Warn Motorists of the Cut-in-the-Hill
Covington, Kentucky – (January 9, 2007) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced today the installation of yellow flashing warning lights at the Kyle’s Lane overpass to warn commercial vehicles of the steep grade ahead, known locally as the Cut-in-the-Hill.
Tom Schomaker, Executive Director of District Six said, “This additional safety measure will remind commercial drivers as well as all other motorists to slow down, exercise caution and be in control of their vehicle through this stretch of I-75.”
A year ago two large yellow panel signs were added on I-75 northbound.
The first sign, installed on the Dixie Highway overpass in Fort Mitchell states: STEEP GRADE 1 MILE AHEAD. The second sign, placed on the overpass at Kyle’s Lane in Fort Wright states: STEEP GRADE NEXT 2 MILES. This location is where the flashing yellow warning lights will be installed as an added safety feature. There will be four flashers, one on each corner of the sign. The diagonal corners will flash together. The total cost of the flashing lights is approximately $3500.00.
Crews plan to install the lights this Wednesday, January 10 beginning at 9:30 am. The right hand lane will be closed just past exit ramp 189 to the overpass for approximately an hour for the installation.
Highway safety is a shared responsibility. Concentrate on being a good driver when behind the wheel. Minimize your distractions. In this particular section of I-75 the speed limit is 55 MPH both northbound and southbound from the I-275/I-75 interchange to the Brent Spence Bridge. Slow down! Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Wear your seatbelt. It is now the law.
By investing in safety and infrastructure improvements, education and enforcement, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is determined to save lives and contribute to a healthier Kentucky. Buckle up Kentucky and Drive Smart!