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
  • 0419sciencehs.JPG Russell High School wins State Science Olympiad

    The long ride home from Bowling Green was tinged with disappointment for Russell High School students who believed they’d finished as also-rans in the state Science Olympiad last weekend.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0419sciencems.JPG Russell Middle School state Science Olympiad champions

    From identifying hundreds of insects to designing and operating mechanical contraptions that just look like insects, a team of Russell Middle School students took their research and technical skills to the Science Olympiad in Bowling Green last week and came back state champions.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0419melodies0114.jpg Kitchen jazzes up downtown lunch hour

    Some came to enjoy the relaxing sounds of cool jazz and traditional tunes at lunch, while others attended in hopes of picking up a few tricks from a master musician as guitarist Chris Kitchen kicked off the Melodies & Masterpieces concert series in downtown Ashland Friday afternoon.

    April 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • Sparks, Waddell in Carter Coronor’s race

    Incumbent George A. Sparks of Grayson will face challenger William Waddell of Olive Hill in the Democratic primary election for the Carter County coroner’s seat.

    April 18, 2014

  • 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

Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

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