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Governor announces $5M grant to prevent wrong-way crashes
From Naitore Djigbenou/Chuck Wolfe
Frankfort, KY - Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday announced the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) received $5.14 million in federal funds to improve highway safety on Interstates through innovative solutions to prevent wrong-way crashes.
"Wrong-way driving is a major safety challenge, not only in Kentucky, but also throughout the United States," said Gov. Beshear. "These funds will allow us to use innovative video technology to help monitor and bolster safety on corridors prone to these types of incidents."
Kentucky's Wrong Way Driving and Integrated Safety Technology System will use cutting-edge computing and video processing to implement a pilot program aimed at detecting and deterring wrong-way incidents by alerting the wrong-way driver, other drivers and emergency responders. Additionally, the system will improve existing intelligent transportation systems to monitor and detect other safety concerns related to pedestrians, debris and halted vehicles on the roadway.
"Improving highway safety is a core focus of the Transportation Cabinet," said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. "These funds will allow the KYTC to utilize the latest in technological advancements to help prevent crashes, injuries and fatalities on our roadways."
Plans for the Wrong Way Driving and Integrated Safety Technology system consist of four elements:
"Roadway infrastructure improvements are part of a comprehensive effort to curb these tragic events," said Secretary Gray. "In addition to implementing this new technological system, we'll continue researching statewide opportunities to address wrong-way crashes, such as striping and signage. While our existing signage and markings meet federal requirements, we're looking at how to enhance visibility and uniformity at every off-ramp."
Between 2015 and 2020, there were 88 wrong-way driving crashes in Kentucky where a driver used an off-ramp in the wrong direction. These 88 crashes resulted in 16 fatalities and 27 serious injuries.
Funds were provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) as part of an Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) program.
Kentucky is one of 10 grant recipients from FHWA's ATCMTD program this year awarded grants valued at $45.2 million to 10 projects using advanced intelligent transportation systems technologies that will improve mobility and safety, provide multimodal transportation options and support underserved communities.
This story was posted on 2022-08-29 10:06:44
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