Four-way stop signs at Junction now functional
The four-way stop at the Baldwin Junction, is now in effect. Kansas Department of Transportation crews installed stop signs on the north- and southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 59 Friday. However, rumble strips and other safety devices needed to be installed.
The last of those devices were installed Monday and Tuesday and as of 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, the four-way stop was functional, according to a KDOT spokesman.
"It's up and running," said Joe Blubaugh, KDOT spokesman.
The changes at the intersection of U.S. Highways 59 and 56 came two days after a fatality accident last Tuesday at the Junction.
Charlene Pohl, 84, rural Baldwin City, was killed Tuesday after she pulled her westbound car into the intersection to continue on U.S. Highway 56 when a truck that was northbound on U.S. 59 struck her car, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
KDOT officials had announced weeks ago that the four-way stop would be installed at the end of July or first of August. KDOT was waiting for special stop and stop ahead signs to be made. That happened Friday.
"We had some problems getting the signs," said Blubaugh. "As soon as we got the signs, we got them up.
"It does come on the heels of the fatality accident," said Blubaugh. "It's really a coincidence that it happened that way."
In addition to the stop signs, stop ahead signs, warning lights and rumble strips have been installed.
Blubaugh said that after the installation was completed Friday, KDOT officials watched the intersection for about an hour and decided they'd wait until the rumble strips were in place before making the signs official.
Until the rumble strips were in place, the new stop and stop ahead signs were covered.
The Signal will update this story online with any new developments and there will be a story and photos in next week's Signal.