9,100 cars missing from Central Ave. count

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By Glypie Grider

A report issued Feb. 7 by the Kentucky Department of Highways states that the traffic count on Pewee Valley’s Central Avenue railroad crossing is closer to 10,000 vehicles per day, rather than a previously reported count of 900 cars per day.
Mayor Bob Rogers announced the new figure at the city’s regular monthly meeting and said the previously reported 900-car figure was conducted in 1987.
The 24-year-old data was used in a report issued last month by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration, which ranked the Central Avenue crossing as the 14th most dangerous crossing in Oldham County.
According to Rogers, state officials recently monitored the crossing and counted 9,760 cars through the intersection in one day.
He said he plans to meet officials in Frankfort later this month to discuss how the new data will impact the city’s efforts to become a quiet zone and improve safety around railroad crossings.
The city council is currently working with the state to install crossing gates at the Central Avenue crossing.
A Crestwood man was injured in a collision on Jan. 24 after he crossed in front of a train at Central Avenue and the train pushed his vehicle from its path.
Witnesses said the flashers, bells and CSX train whistle were all functioning properly at the time of the accident.
“Crossing gates would have certainly helped him,” said council member Bethany Major.

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