Archive for Wednesday, January 2, 2002

State plans to fix 24/40 intersection

January 2, 2002

Officials from the Kansas Department of Transportation said two green arrow lights at the intersection of 155th Street and State Avenue should be operational by the end of the week.

KDOT officials said the green arrow lights would be placed for the left-side lanes of the intersection for east and west bound traffic.

"A lot of the accidents happen when people turn without the right of way," said Pete Wiehe, KDOT area maintenance supervisor. "This should make the intersection a lot safer."

KDOT and employees from Total Electric recently extended the masts of the street lights for the new turn signals.

As a major highway, the intersection is well-used by area motorists.

KDOT officials have conducted traffic studies at the intersection and those studies indicated more than 12,000 motorists a day pass through the intersection.

Since the intersection has been open, there have been 20 traffic accidents that have occurred at or near the intersection, KDOT officials said.

Basehor Police Chief Vince Weston said the intersection has been dangerous for motorists.

In the last six months, there have been at least six car accidents at the intersection and four of them have caused injuries, he said.

Weston has been concerned about the nature of the intersection, but the addition of the turn signal should make it much safer.

"The (green arrow signal) will permit drivers to safely negotiate the intersection without worrying about oncoming traffic," Weston said. "I am confident it will add to the safety of that intersection."

Weston said the additional turn signals would be especially helpful during the hours the intersection is used most by drivers.

The hours the intersection is busiest are 6 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 7 p.m., he said.

During those hours, the Police Department patrols the intersection for accidents as well as driving violations.

"We monitor the intersection periodically for traffic light offenders or people who speed through the intersection," Weston said. "A lot of accidents happen when the light turns yellow and west bound traffic accelerates through."

The Basehor Police Department will continue to patrol the intersection heavily in the future, Weston said.

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