Traffic signal to be delayed
Terry McKinney is assured Baldwin will be getting a traffic signal, it just won't be as soon as was expected.
The utility director said the Kansas Department of Transportation has delayed the installation of Baldwin's first stop light, which is to be placed at the intersection of Sixth Street and U.S. Highway 56.
The traffic signal is now to be installed in August, he said, six months later than the February completion date KDOT had planned.
McKinney said KDOT notified the city of the delay, saying the department had too many projects to be able to get the signal in place before August.
This is the second time KDOT has changed the traffic signal installation date. When the transportation department first notified the city of the approved signal in early 2003, the anticipated completion date was late 2004. A few weeks later, KDOT changed to installation date to February 2004.
McKinney said the August date will still work for the city.
"The goal was to have it completed before school started anyway, which it should be," he said.
KDOT made the decision to install the signal because of the heavy traffic during the peak morning hours, which the department discovered following a 24-hour volume count in October 2002.
The traffic signal will cost approximately $100,000 to install. Baldwin will be responsible for 10 percent -- about $10,000 -- of the cost of the signal's construction and inspection.