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Traffic Light diagram at FM2/City Hall/GMFH/Judicial Center

2017-06-09 - Campbellsville Street at N Reed/Merchant Street, Columbia, KY .
The diagram above is an engineer's drawing of the Traffic Signal Rebuild in Columbia, KY, now underway. As a reference, the large circle in the upper right represents the famed sculpture "Scales of Justice" and fountain at the Adair Judicial Center. Counter clockwise, the corners are FM2, City Hall, and Grissom-Martin Funeral Home. The design will serve a very desirable function of keeping huge trucks with alternate routes out of downtown, Mayor Curtis Hardwick is concerned with the designs effect on the Columbia/Adair County Fire Department's use of the intersection as designed. "Some of the truck's are 54 feet long," he said, "And I don't see how they can make the turn." He said that he see's no alternate route for the firefighters to use which would not mean long response times. Mayor Hardwick is appealing the design. And, at this point, hopes to get it changed. With two of the last major traffic changes in Columbia being so hugely successful, the left-on-yellow signal change at Russell Road on Jamestown Street, and the pure genius construction of the Town Creek Diversion and traffic changes at Campbellsville Street and Fairground Street executed by the Somerset District Office, one would hope that the design above might be in the same category. Two elements which might make the turns possible are the placement of the "Stop Bars" on northbound traffic south of the intersection, and on southbound traffic north of the intersection. Both will be more distant from the traffic lights, which will give more room for turns. In any case, though, time is running short if there should be a critical need for a change, and Mayor Hardwick's due diligence could make all the difference. - ED WAGGENER

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