Does the need at that intersection warrant the potential traffic backup that is bound to occur?
How many times have you been on Maple or Oak Streets trying to make a left turn onto Main Street?
For that matter, how many times have you attempted to make a left turn from Main Street to either Maple or Oak streets? It's a safe bet you've felt a little frustrated. More often than not, it takes the kindness of a stranger to allow a driver to make their left turn. As most everyone knows, Maple and Oak Streets are main arteries of travel.
Rarely has there been traffic backed up on Lake and High streets.
Simply put, most drivers are frustrated enough with the many traffic lights that currently exist along Main Street. The addition of one more will surely come as dreadful news.
When the new light goes up, so will the blood pressure of drivers - from Joe Blow, to those driving commercial and emergency vehicles - who have to commute up and down Main Street.
Nicholasville and Jessamine County enjoys high-quality public safety departments. From police to fire, the services are top-notch.
Adding another red light will only make their jobs much more difficult when traffic begins to back up on North Main.
Are there solutions to the problem? Is it realistic to put in turning lanes? The way downtown Nicholasville is designed, that would create even more traffic nightmares.
One possible solution rests in the hands of our state legislators.
If the General Assembly would OK the East Nicholasville Bypass, that would go a long way in solving the problems.
This area is certainly blessed to have the services of hard-working legislators in Republican Sen. Tom Buford and Democrat Rep. Bob Damron.
Let's hope their efforts to see the Bypass project through will someday prevail.
Until then, the addition of another traffic light on Main Street will only throw salt in the wound that is the downtown Nicholasville traffic problem.