A new traffic light will be going up soon in Trigg County.
The Transportation Cabinet says a signal has been approved at the east intersection of U.S. 68 and U.S. 68-Business in Trigg County due to increased traffic and turn volume. Engineering and design work have started. Preliminary installation activities will start within a few weeks.
An extended traffic flow study, requested by city and county officials, was conducted over several weeks at the intersection at the east edge of Cadiz to determine the need for the signal.
Distirct 1 Chief Engineer Mike McGregor says the study found there was sufficient turn activity from the eastbound lanes of U.S. 68-Business heading from downtown Cadiz toward Interstate 24 on the main line of U.S. 68 to justify a signal at the site.
The study found an average of about 12,400 vehicles travel through the intersection each day. During an eight-hour peak traffic study, 687 vehicles per hour traveled the main line of U.S. 68 at the site. Another 310 vehicles per hour traveled U.S. 68-Business between 4-5 p.m., each day. Almost 300 of those vehicles were making a left turn from U.S. 68 Business traveling out of downtown Cadiz heading eastbound on U.S. 68 toward Interstate 24 and Hopkinsville.