New stop lights may increase safety at intersection

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An intersection that’s known in the Glen Jean community of Fayette County as  “dangerous” may become a safer one to travel through. 

What used to be flashing yellow caution lights to warn drivers to slow down, will soon be stop lights. 

Mt. Hope Police Chief, Mark Larkin, said he thinks it may take a while for people to get used to. 

“You come around the curve and there’s the intersection there. So visibility is a factor and you can expect some rear end accidents. Hopefully there won’t be very many major accidents but we have to be prepared for that,” Larkin said. 

Mike Fox is Vice President at a towing company right next to the intersection. He said although an increase in car accidents is good for business, the thought of new lights frightens him.

“I think it’s going to be kind of scary for a while. People have been driving on Route 19 like it has been currently for well over 4 decades and when you throw a stop light in a intersection that was dangerous to begin with it’s going to create a different traffic pattern for very many people,” Fox said.

The speed limit at the intersection is 65 MPH and Police say they’ve seen people going well above 90 MPH. 

“There will be a left hand turn there with an arrow only and people have to be aware that there’s an arrow there now,” Chief Larkin said. 

Larkin said his response time to this specific intersection is only about 3 minutes when there is an accident. 

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