Archive for Thursday, July 8, 2004

Work slated to begin on traffic signal

July 8, 2004

Baldwin is a little closer to getting its promised traffic signal.

Work is slated to begin this week at the intersection of Sixth Street and U.S. Highway 56, the site of Baldwin's first traffic signal.

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City Administrator Jeff Dingman said the Kansas Department of Transportation is to begin working on installing the traffic signal this week.

Dingman said it will take approximately two months to install the signal, but traffic should be disrupted very little, if at all, during the construction.

"They'll be working at the corners most of the time," he said.

The mid-September completion date is later than what had originally been anticipated.

"The contract process from the state was delayed," Dingman said. "It was supposed to go out for bid in February, but it didn't go out for bid until April."

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.

Dingman said the traffic signal will cost approximately $130,000. The city is responsible for 10 percent -- around $13,000 -- of the cost of the signal's construction and inspection. KDOT will fund the rest of the project.

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