Archive for Wednesday, January 15, 2003

Baldwin to get traffic signal

January 15, 2003

Baldwin City finally got what it was looking for.

The Kansas Department of Transportation recently notified the city that a traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of U.S. Highway 56 and Sixth Street.

The drawback, though, is that the signal won't be installed until fall 2004.

"The reason is because it's a new project," City Administrator Larry Paine said. "It's being put in KDOT's design schedule. Other places have been approved before us."

The decision to install a traffic signal came after KDOT completed a 24-hour volume count in late October.

In a letter to the city, Paine said KDOT found a signal was warranted at the intersection because of the heavy traffic during the peak morning hours.

The city has tried other times to get a signal at the intersection, but Paine said the growth along and north of U.S. Highway 56 was the deciding factor.

"The project staff and community has been working on this for 10 years," he said. "The changes in the last two years is really what makes the difference."

The signal will cost approximately $100,000 to install. The city will be responsible for 10 percent -- about $10,000 -- of the cost of the construction and inspection.

"KDOT will design it," he said. "It will not cost us any money for them to design it."

Paine said it will not take long for the signal to be installed, especially because of the modifications done earlier.

"Underground wiring was installed when we did modifications at the intersection with KDOT two years ago," he said. "We pre-planned for a signal. It should be adaptable."

Until the signal is installed in late 2004, he said unless the council decides differently, there won't be any changes made at the intersection.

"We'll still patrol it and monitor it as we have been doing in the past until construction starts," Paine said.

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