Archive for Wednesday, May 1, 2002

Traffic signal installation scheduled for summer

May 1, 2002

It's possible that a pedestrian crossing near Tonganoxie High School could be ready by the time school starts in August.

But it's not likely.

A Salina firm, B&W Electrical Contractors, has been awarded the project. The company was among five firms that bid on the project, and B&W was the low bidder, at $99,051, according to Stan Whitley of the Kansas Department of Transportation.

The engineer's estimate for the project was $100,000, and the bids ranged up to $125,000.

The city of Tonganoxie will pay a portion of the cost for the signal, which is designed for pedestrians to stop vehicular traffic on U.S. Highway 24-40 near the high school.

"We're on the hook for 10 percent of that, so roughly $10,000," said City Administrator Shane Krull.

The signal should help students at Tonganoxie Junior High School and Tonganoxie High School more safely walk across the busy highway.

The new traffic signal will be installed near North Star Drive, which runs on the west side of Sonic Drive-In.

Work on the traffic signal will have to wait until poles can be delivered, according to Warren Merrill, vice president of B&W.

"Pole delivery is 14 to 16 weeks," Merrill said. "If we get awarded the contract and get the drawings approved, we're looking into the summer. If it wasn't for the poles, a guy could do it in a couple of weeks."

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