Wednesday, April 04, 2001

AA intersections will get new lights

Cinergy will install; state will reimburse Campbell County

By Terry Flynn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NEWPORT — Three intersections along the AA Highway (Ky. 9) in Campbell County soon will have more illumination because of an effort by Campbell County Fiscal Court, the state highway department and Cinergy.

        County commissioners Tuesday approved an agreement with Cinergy to install new overhead lighting at the intersections of Ky. 915 (Old Licking Pike), Ky. 547 (Four Mile Road) and Ky. 1997 (known as 4 & 12 Mile Road and 12 Mile Oneonta Road). Ky. 915 is the former Ky. 9, a route number that was reassigned to the AA Highway in 1990.

        “We've been trying to improve the lighting at these locations for at least four years,” County Administrator Melissa Williams said Tuesday. “The county has been aware of safety issues along the portion of the AA Highway in Campbell County for a number of years.” She said county officials had received a number of complaints from motorists and county residents about the lack of lighting at the three intersections. Under the agreement, Cinergy will install the lights, the county will pay the bill, and the commonwealth will reimburse the county for the cost of parts and labor. Total cost is $3,181.90.

        “We have agreed to maintain the new lights, and it will cost us about $70 additionally per month for electricity,” said Judge-executive Steve Pendery. “But this is something we've wanted for a long time. I'm glad we can move ahead with the project.”

        A recent study by the Kentucky Transportation Center showed the percentage of fatal auto accidents was higher on the AA than any other two-lane rural road in the state. Among the study's recommendations was more lighting to better mark intersections.

        Ms. Williams said the Fiscal Court had installed additional lighting where the AA Highway intersects several county roads, but it needed the state to come on board for the intersections with the state roads.

        “There are some intersections of the AA with county roads that still need lighting, but they are outside Cinergy's area and we will work with Owen (County) Electric to install the lights at those locations,” Ms. Williams said.

        She said there has been no date set for installation of the lights at the three intersections. The county is awaiting a signed contract from the state before proceeding with Cinergy.


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