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Praise for KTC, District 8 traffic change with Flashing Yellow Arrow light

Traffic Critiques from some Great Thinkers

District 8, Kentucky Highway Department, Somerset, KY, is getting high praise, so far, for the Flashing Yellow light installed this past week at the intersection of Jamestown Street and Russell Road in Columbia, KY. Early critiques are very positive. Roger Smith, DMD, an early and vocal critic of the design and the old system, likes the changes - and not just because they are basically his ideas. He said that he has not seen any traffic tie ups since the new system, which allows left turns without a stop on flashing yellow, was installed.

The issue continues as to whether stopping on red then continuing when it is safe to do so actually constitutes a variation on "right turn after stop on red," which is the opinion of Rollen Coomer and a solid constituency of common sense thinkers.

On the other hand, those with negative views think there will be more accidents at the intersection, and others may lament an inability to complete a New York Times Sunday crossword during the one signal cycle. As with all progress, not everything is for the good.

Others, including It's Just for A Smile editor Ralph Roy Waggener think the next traffic chokepoint needing a Flashing Yellow or Roundabout solution is the much dreaded Fairgound at Campbellsville Street Snarl. -CM COMMENT

This story was posted on 2013-03-17 09:03:54
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