Loss of Stop Signs on Road Project Concerns Taylor Mill Residents
Some residents of the Taylor Mill subdivision Taylor Creek are concerned that there is no traffic control device where Taylor Creek Drive intersects Kentucky State Route 16, or Pride Parkway.
Since Pride Parkway is a state route, the Commonwealth of Kentucky has the ultimate authority to install such devices like a traffic light or stop sign. Recently, Taylor Mill officials were given clearance to install temporary stop signs at the intersection, but they have since been removed, as expected, as work on the road nears completion.
The area has been the site of a massive road project for the past several years, as new roads and a bridge are built, and the original Kentucky 16 is widened.
"They did allow those (stop signs) to go up, but they emphasized that they were temporary in nature and that they were going to come down as they moved forward with that project and of course that is exactly what happened,” said Taylor Mill City Administrator Jill Bailey.
A resident in Taylor Creek for several years that requested to remain anonymous told The River City News that there have been a number of issues that area residents have taken to the city commission.
“From the very beginning, there has been very minimal information shared with Taylor Creek citizens about what’s going on with the road construction. We’ve been getting a lot of information and some misinformation,” the person said. “Most recently, several people that have lived in Taylor Creek have been reaching out to the Mayor’s office, to the state, and what they’re finding out is that state officials are saying that no one has talked to them about what’s happening with the road or any concerns about no stop sign or stop light at the intersection of Route 16 and Taylor Creek.”
Bailey, however, said that there were conversations between Mayor Dan Bell and Rob Hans of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet about the intersection in question.
“Yes, we have contacted the state about that,” Bailey said. “My recollection is that Mayor Bell has specifically spoken to Rob Hans from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet about that intersection specifically, because we have had so many residents express concern about that intersection and there being no traffic control device there.”
Hans was out of the office on vacation and was not available for comment.
A group of Taylor Creek residents have taken the issue up themselves and are exploring their options to provide a safer environment for the people who live there.
“There is a lot of confusion going on. The city council has informed several citizens from Taylor Creek that there is nothing they can do to help, and that has pretty much infuriated the entire subdivision, because they feel as though the city council is not advocating on their behalf, and so as a result of that, there is some movement inside Taylor Creek to take some action on its own to try and see what they can do to work with the state and come up with a stop light or some type of traffic exchange. It’s not limited to Taylor Creek citizens. There are citizens of other subdivisions on the other side of old Route 16 that also will enter and exit at that same intersection that have serious concerns as well,” the anonymous resident said.
Representatives of the group are expected to attend the city commission meeting Wednesday night at the Taylor Mill City Building.
“We’ve not been able to officially to get on the agenda, only because this is really just circulating. I think what was happening was that citizens were thinking that when the stop signs would come down, there would be some type of study done by the state to see how much traffic would enter in or out of the subdivision and then as a result of that study, a stoplight could possibly go in. That study has not been scheduled. I think we’re reacting to that situation right now. There are several individuals in the community that are very upset about this and we’re trying to see what our options are,” the unnamed resident said.
While no state study has been conducted yet to learn the specifics of the traffic patterns through the intersection, Taylor Mill Police have done their own research in response to the community’s concerns.
“Nobody has contacted us about a study,” Bailey said. “I know that we had put out on KY 16 by the bridge a speed device. The device indicated to us how many vehicles were traveling across the bridge which is of course coming right past the intersection of Taylor Creek, and it also indicated what the speed of those vehicles were and the time that the vehicles crossed. We were having that information tracked. We were just doing that for our own purposes, the state didn’t ask us to do it and we did not incorporate that with them. That was just so we had some information of our own of what was occurring out there because we had gotten some complaints from residents that indicated people were speeding. My recollection from that study is that people were not speeding during the time we had run that survey.”
Bailey recommended that concerned residents contact their state representative and senator to gain more knowledge and information for the issue at hand, but that the city is making moves of their own to address and placate the concerns of its citizens.
“I would anticipate that there will be some residents at Wednesday’s meeting who will be requesting that we do something. Unfortunately, our hands are tied on this because we don’t have jurisdiction in terms of traffic control devices on that roadway. It’s a state roadway so they dictate to us the speed limit of the roadway, the signs that would be put out on it, if there will be a traffic control signal,” Bailey said. “Now we do have permission from them some time in the future to put a traffic control device at the intersection of Honey Drive and Pride Parkway, and we have underground conduit in place already for a future light, but they won’t give us authorization for the traffic light to go in. If that traffic light at the intersection goes in, that helps traffic flow at the next intersection, but the state has emphatically indicated to us that they will not be doing anything else in terms of traffic control devices along that corridor until after they have an opportunity to observe how the traffic flows.
"I think they will run their own traffic studies. If residents are concerned about that, they need to call the state and reach out to Representative Tom Kerr and Senator Damon Thayer. Of course, I think that the city commission is more than willing to help, and we share those concerns. Our staff is responding to any accidents that are down there, whether it be the police department or the paramedics and life squad. We don’t want to see anybody get hurt. We think there is some cause to be concerned at both of those intersections.”
Written by Bryan Burke, associate editor