Archive for Wednesday, July 11, 2001

Traffic signals planned at busy Lawrence intersection

July 11, 2001

The intersection of U.S. Highway 24-40 and 24-59 commonly known as Teepee Junction in Lawrence should be equipped with traffic signals by Halloween.

The Kansas Department of Transportation has awarded a $90,995 contract to a Topeka firm to install the signals.

"Everything I'm going to do will be off the roadway, so it shouldn't affect traffic at all," said Scott Wiltz, a traffic signal technician and electrician with O.K. Johnson Electric, Topeka.

Wiltz said he's not certain how soon the signals will be installed. But he estimated it would be in October.

The signals will be equipped with cameras.

"That's how it's going to operate the signal," Wiltz said "The camera will actually pick up the cars."

According to the transportation department, traffic counts completed last summer showed:

7,340 vehicles a day travel into the intersection from the east.

7,730 vehicles a day from the north.

13,045 vehicles a day from the south.

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