A high number of crashes on Laurel County’s patch of Interstate 75 has prompted the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to install two solar-powered slippery-when-wet signs for added safety.

The signs are located at mile points 49 (southbound) and 48 (northbound).

Traffic engineer Mike West said about 90 car accidents have taken place in the area in the last three years.

“The accidents are partially due to curves, the hill that runs down to the Rockcastle River and it being prone to being slippery,” he explained.

Using light emitting diode technology, the signs start to flash when rain contacts a moisture sensor mounted on them. They continue to flash about 40 minutes after it stops raining.

The signs cost about $2,500 each and are also located on I-75 in Rockcastle County and in Frankfort on the East-West Connector.

“Safety of the traveling public is of the utmost concern to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and these new safety devices are another added resource in our efforts to reduce crashes,” said Mike Calebs, branch manager for traffic.



Staff writer Tara Kaprowy can be reached by e-mail at tkaprowy@sentinel-echo.com.

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