Archive for Tuesday, September 17, 2013

KDOT says new traffic signal a go

The winning bid of $1,650 to build Tonganoxie City Hall was approved 100 years ago this month. Though additional offices have been built for council chambers and police, the building still functions as the main city office a century later. The city council is looking to commemorate the anniversary this year.

The winning bid of $1,650 to build Tonganoxie City Hall was approved 100 years ago this month. Though additional offices have been built for council chambers and police, the building still functions as the main city office a century later. The city council is looking to commemorate the anniversary this year.

September 17, 2013

It appears Tonganoxie will be getting another traffic signal.

Tonganoxie City Administrator told the city council at Monday’s meeting that he received a call from the Kansas Department of Transportation indicating it planned to install a traffic light at Stone Creek Drive/South Park and U.S. Highway 24-40.

The decision appears to put an end to a long debate about where the light should be installed.

KDOT’s master plan called for a light at Laming Road and U.S. 24-40, which is the next intersection west of Stone Creek Drive/South Park.

But residents and business owners near the Stone Creek Drive/South Park and U.S. 24-40 intersection voiced concerns at several meetings and a town hall meeting at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center.

At that town hall meeting, the council voted to pursue a light at Stone Creek Drive/South Park instead of Laming Road, though KDOT planned to pay for much of the costs at that intersection.

It turns out Tonganoxie’s financial responsibility for the latest traffic signal work could cost less.

The city would have been responsible for about $170,000 of the proposed $1.3 million project at Laming Road that included a frontage road.

For the new plan, Tonganoxie would be required an estimated $100,000, McCommon said after Monday’s meeting. The total price tag will be about $370,500.

“I think there are a lot of people who feel like their council listened to them, followed through with the state, got the proper analysis on cost and followed through,” McCommon said. “And they feel like they were heard and the city responded.”

McCommon said the next step is to receive written confirmation of the city being awarded the project. From there, the city will enter into agreement for design.

Tonganoxie mayor signs Constitution Week proclamation

Tonganoxie Mayor Jason Ward signed a proclamation recognizing Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week.

Monday marked the 226th anniversary of the drafting of the U.S. Constitution.

Comments

Padfield 1 year ago

Thank you, council members.

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JayhawkEd 1 year ago

Made the right choice!

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Michael Vestal 1 year ago

I am So glad KDOT made the decision to place the stop light at Stone Creek & 24/40. Putting it there, I believe, will make it safer also for the Intersections to the West.by slowing the flow through those intersections. I'm glad it's finally happening.

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LoneRanger 1 year ago

Ain't that great!!!??? A convenience gas station and liquor store get a stoplight but the ambulance, post office and a connecting road to County Road 5 do not???

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