Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

October 23, 2013

New signals for beautification, not enforcement, mayor says

IRONTON — Drivers coming into Ironton from the Ironton-Russell Bridge will notice new decorative street light and traffic signal posts when they roll down the ramp and turn onto Adams Avenue.

The more observant ones will notice something else — camera housings and motion sensors mounted high atop the posts.

Mayor Rich Blankenship has two main things to say about the new features: first, the lights and posts beautify Ironton’s downtown, replacing aging and decrepit signals. Second, the cameras aren’t going to be used for catching motorists who speed or run red lights.

 The signals are part of a $1.4 million project to improve six of the city’s downtown intersections. Six intersections get the new signals. Two are on Adams Street at Second and Third streets, and the others are at the intersections of Park Avenue with Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth streets.

Federal and state money paid for most of the work, and the city’s share was $20,000, Blankenship said.

The cameras are connected to monitors at the city police station and will be used for accident reconstruction and investigations.

They won’t be used as red-light cameras, Blankenship said. Using them for that purpose would require additional devices and technology. Blankenship said he opposes using cameras to catch speeders. “I don’t like the idea. My advice is follow the signals and you’ll be OK.”

The new signals are fully operational and the old ones have been dismantled and removed. “They were being held together by duct tape, literally,” he said.

Also part of the project is rebuilding some curbs and painting crosswalks.

Although the work is taking place at the same time workers are building approaches to the new Ironton-Russell bridge, the two projects are separate, he said.

MIKE JAMES can be reached at mjames@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2652.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 04/18/2014 — What's Happening

    Local news

    April 18, 2014

  • Bill3.jpg 'Dreams'

    It was in her own death that Donna Schoonover helped William Schoonover redefine his life.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • guyp-rodnew.jpg 'Uplifting people'

    The snow kept gospel singer Guy Penrod chilling a little longer than it should have this spring.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0418star0024.jpg Raising the roof

    Leaks will soon be a thing of the past at Star Elementary School, where workers are busy putting up a new roof.
     

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fire at Russell care facility

    A care facility for the elderly in Russell was temporarily evacuated following a fire in the kitchen Wednesday night.
     

    April 18, 2014

  • Incumbent, newcomer vie for PVA position

    A longtime office-holder is facing a rare primary challenge in the Greenup County property valuation administrator race.

    April 18, 2014

  • Local briefs: 4/18/14

    Inspections and roadway patching on Ky. 773’s twin bridges in Carter County will require daytime closures Wednesday and Thursday.

    April 17, 2014

  • Corps issues safety advice to boaters

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District, reminds boaters the areas immediately upstream and downstream of navigation dams on the Ohio and Kanawha rivers have been designated as restricted areas. 

    April 17, 2014

  • Police beat: 4/18/14

    The following information was taken from Ashland Police Department reports:

    April 17, 2014

  • Lana Bellamy: Waking up America's youth: 4/18/14

    I once read a quote by a man saying the reason today’s youth do not have the same “spunk” as youth in the past is because they do not have inspiration.

    April 17, 2014

Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP basketball
SEC Zone