City pursues Salt River Rd./Bypass light


By Matt Lasley - mlasley@civitasmedia.com



Citing concern over the numerous recent crashes at the intersection of Salt River Road and William Thomason Byway, the City of Leitchfield is pursuing the installation of a caution light there.

During the regularly scheduled Monday, April 4 Leitchfield City Council meeting, City Councilmember William Dallas said that, due to the high number of crashes—many of which result in injuries—that occur at the aforementioned intersection, the city should look into a traffic light for the location.

After some discussion, the City Council voted to contact the State Highway Department about posting a caution light at the intersection of Salt River Road and William Thomason Byway, similar to the one that was placed at the intersection of Grayson Springs Road and William Thomason Byway.

Leitchfield Chief of Police Kevin Henderson said, since the caution light was placed at the Grayson Springs Road/William Thomason Byway intersection, there has been a decrease in the number of crashes there.

Leitchfield Public Works Director Sheila Puckett said that, while the State Highway Department would post the caution light, the city would be responsible for the cost.

Puckett said the state will likely review crash records, as well as observe the intersection to determine whether there is sufficient need for a caution light.

In other business:

*The City Council voted to reject the previously accepted low bid from Myers Fencing for the Ball Park Complex fence due to its not comforming to the architect’s bid specifications.

The City Council then voted to accept the next lowest bid at the cost of $204,624.19 from The Fence Company.

Accepting the bid from The Fence Company will result in a price increase of $19,624.19.

*The City Council entered Executive Session, and Smart updated the Councilmembers on the status of litigation that has been filed against the City of Leitchfield alleging violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

No further information could be provided on the litigation, Smart said.

*Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason announced that the City Council will hold a work session for the Leitchfield Smoking Ordinance on Tuesday, April 12 at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall.

*It was announced that April is Spring Cleanup Month, and the Leitchfield Transfer Station will be open each Saturday during the month of April from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Puckett said there will be no changes in the Transfer Station’s pricing during April.

Additionally, Leitchfield’s Spring Cleanup Day will be held on Saturday, April 23 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

*The City Council granted approval to temporarily close High School Road near the intersection of Highway 187 and High School Road for the Lawler Elementary School Color Run, to be held on Saturday, April 23.

Lawler PTO President Travis Stewart said residents on High School Road will still have access to Highway 62 during the event.

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By Matt Lasley

mlasley@civitasmedia.com

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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