PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Traffic signal loop replacements along US 23 include two locations this week: Coal Run at Big Lots and US 23 South at the Kentucky Blood Center. D12 Signal Tech. Superintendent Keith Coleman said work starts this evening at 6 o’clock at the Big Lots location. Lanes will be closed one at a time through all six lanes while the work is underway.
Traffic signal loops are the cables that run underneath the pavement which send signals to the computerized switching station. The loops allow the signals to be activated by vehicle pressure on the pavement rather than a timing mechanism.
On Tuesday about noon, the crew will move to US 23 South at the Kentucky Blood Center, replacing signal loops across four lanes of traffic in that location. That work should take three or four hours, weather permitting, Lanes will be closed one a time while the work is under way.
Signal loop work is weather-dependent. If rain interferes, the work will be rescheduled on the first dry evenings and days available.