The Lexington Urban County Council has voted unanimously to put the issue of regulating traffic for large community events into its planning and public safety committee.
Councilman Russ Hensley made the motion during council's meeting Thursday, two days after a Luke Bryan concert at Talon Winery in rural Fayette County off Tates Creek Road backed up traffic for nearly nine miles. Hensley represents the Tates Creek Road area.
The number of stopped cars on the rural, two-lane road could have caused public safety problems because ambulances and police cars would not have been able to get through the traffic jam if someone needed help, said Derek Paulsen, the city's commissioner of planning.
Talon Winery did not need to have the city sign off on its plans, a requirement for events downtown, Paulsen said. Paulsen has said the city may need to adopt a countywide event permit that would allow police and traffic engineering to okay traffic plans before a large event, he said. It's not clear when the permitting issue will be discussed in the planning and public safety committee.
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