166th Street possible site for traffic signal
All indications are, city officials said, that sometime in the future a traffic signal may be needed at 166th Street and U.S. Highway 24-40. And the Basehor City Council soon may begin to brace itself for paying part of the signal's costs.
At next week's meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, council members will vote on whether to establish a fund earmarked for improving 166th and 24-40. Basehor Mayor Chris Garcia said establishing the fund comes at the advice of the Kansas Department of Transportation.
"It's not a mandatory thing," Garcia said. "They haven't said, 'you have to do this.' It's just a suggestion.
"KDOT has just said sometime there will probably need to be a stop light there and a fund should be established to pay for it."
Rough estimates indicate that improving the intersection and adding a traffic signal could cost $1 million. Money for the project, which has no timeline at this point, would come from the city, developments in the area and the state.
The south side of the intersection, near the Honey Creek residential development, was annexed into Basehor in 2003.
Currently there are no traffic signals between Basehor and Tonganoxie along 24-40.
The 166th Street intersection has been home to several serious traffic accidents in recent years.
Basehor Police Chief Terry Horner said his department would support a traffic signal at the intersection because it would provide a sensible braking point for west and east bound motorists.
"Anything there would help," Horner said. "Right now, it's potentially hazardous. I think we'd be ecstatic to have a stoplight there."
Leonard Ayers of the Leavenworth County sheriff's office, said the sheriff's office has not taken an official position on whether the intersection should be improved with a traffic signal.