Archive for Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tonganoxie City Council looks at traffic improvement options

March 12, 2013

The Tonganoxie City Council continues to mull over options on how to make improvements to U.S. Highway 24-40 at Laming and Stone Creek/South Park Drive.

Options laid out at Monday’s meeting were:

• Do nothing and leave U.S. 24-40 as it is. Kansas Department of Transportation would repaint the highway later this year and reconfigure Stone Creek/South Park Drive with left-out acceleration lanes.

• Accept all proposed KDOT improvements, which consist of a signalized intersection at Laming Road; frontage road on the south side of U.S. 24-40 from Laming Road to South Park Drive and no-left-turn-out at South Creek/South Park, but movement the other three directions. KDOT would fully fund this option and likely start construction later this year.

• Accept the previous improvements, but reconfigure Stone Creek/South Park with left-out acceleration lanes. For this configuration, the city would need to seek grant funding through a competitive application process. If awarded, construction likely wouldn’t start until 2015.

• Accept the second proposal with the exception of the frontage road. KDOT also would fully fund this option Similar to the third option, but without the frontage road. This also would require applying for grant money.

• Install traffic signals at Stone Creek/South Park instead of Laming Road. This would require amending the corridor plan.

• Install traffic signals at both Laming Road and Stone Creek/South Park. This also would require amending the corridor plan.

Council members preferred various options, mainly those involving full KDOT funding or the option to apply for funding, but no consensus was reached.

For more on the continuing story, see future editions of The Mirror.

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