Crews are putting the final touches on the intersection of KY 55X and KY 206 in Adair County. Weather permitting, all work will wrap up tomorrow morning, July 21 and the intersection will be reopened to traffic with a new look.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 temporarily closed the intersection on May 27 for culvert pipe replacement beneath both routes (KY 55X and KY 206). While closure was in place KYTC made additions consisting of adding a left turn lane from southbound KY 55X onto KY 206 eastbound and building a right turn from KY 206 westbound onto KY 55X north.
Along with the new turn lanes, motorist will also see a new signal installed for traffic traveling southbound KY 55X. The light, like the signal installed at the KY 55X and KY 80 intersection in Columbia two years earlier, includes a flashing yellow arrow, which indicates that motorists are allowed to proceed with caution but must yield to oncoming traffic.
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The flashing yellow arrow signal replaces the more traditional five-section head, which incorporates a green left turn arrow display for the protected left-turn movement and a green ball display for the permitted left turn movement. The flashing yellow arrow replaces the traditional green ball for motorists making a permitted left turn and more clearly indicates to motorists that they must yield to oncoming traffic. If the pavement sensor in the left-turn lane detects a constant presence of vehicles unable to turn on flashing yellow, the signal will ultimately display a green arrow, indicating a “protected” turn for the vehicles. For information about the signal visit transportation.ky.gov/Traffi-Operations/Pages/Flashing-Yellow-Lights.aspx.