Photo by Chris Cooper Magistrate Jack Crossley says streetlight to luminate the area will be up at the intersection of KY 96 and bypass soon.

Photo by Chris Cooper

Magistrate Jack Crossley says streetlight to luminate the area will be up at the intersection of KY 96 and bypass soon.

Soon the intersection of KY 96 and the bypass will be illuminated, says magistrate Jack Crossley, who has not only gone to bat for placing a streetlight in the area, but has agreed to pay the cost associated with it along with John Kees.

"Hopefully within the next week or two the streetlight will be in place making that intersection brighter for those who travel at night on that road," Crossley said.

When the southern bypass officially opened in November 2017, complaints began to surface concerning safety in areas of the new stretch, including the intersections of KY 100 and KY 96.

"It is so dark at the intersection of KY 96 it poses a real threat to motorists," said Crossley, who began a campaign to get the intersection "lit up."

Crossley began by talking with constituents about the problem. He also brought the cost to his fellow members of the fiscal court asking them to help pay for the street light, which is not the same as a traffic signal. Even though most turned him down, that did not stop his determination, he said.

"I knew that if something didn't get done to light up this area, something terrible was going to happen. Instead of waiting for someone to lose their life, we need to fix it now," Crossley said.

Crossley began speaking with state representative Jason Petrie and moved on to Congressman James Comer for help.

"One day Comer was on feedback and I called in and told him about the problem. The next day I got a call from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet who wanted to meet me down at the intersection of KY 96," said Crossley. "Joe Plunk, Chief District Engineer District 3, came and said we could put the light up."

To put the light up it will cost approximately $125 with a $25 a month bill to run.

"This is a small price to pay for a life," said Crossley.

Photo by Chris Cooper

Magistrate Jack Crossley says streetlight to luminate the area will be up at the intersection of KY 96 and bypass soon.