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Intersection Conflict Warning System installed at US 25/Maher Road intersection in Boone County

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has installed an Intersection Conflict Warning System (ICWS) at the US 25/Maher Road intersection in Boone County.

The system, which is an innovative solution intended to improve intersection awareness, went into service on Wednesday.

The detection system operates similar to the traffic loops used to sense vehicles to activate traffic signals. The system detects traffic on all approaches. Traffic on US 25 will be notified of entering traffic from the side street, and vehicles on the side street will be notified of approaching traffic on US 25.

These systems are effective in reducing crashes involving vehicles entering or crossing a major road. They also reduce difficulty associated with determining appropriate gaps in traffic. The ICWS gives motorists real-time warnings about traffic conditions.

Motorists are asked to be aware of the new warning system and be alert for the changes in traffic flow it will bring to the intersection.

ICWS study results show a significant reduction for total, fatal and injury, right-angle, and rear-end crashes. These systems have shown to be cost-effective safety improvements.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

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