Archive for Thursday, July 6, 2006

Basehor residents seeking street lights at 2 K-7 intersections

July 6, 2006

Some Basehor residents are worried about safety at two intersections -- at Kansas Highway 7 and Donahoo Road and at K-7 and Hollingsworth Road.

"It's just very difficult during the night to locate that turn," said Basehor resident Dave Breuer. "It's a safety issue in my mind."

Several phone calls to the city and Breuer's visits to city council meetings have indicated that some residents believe a couple of street lights at the intersections might solve the safety issue. But after talking with Westar Energy, Gene Myracle, city superintendent, said it might not be an easy solution.

"Westar's poles are too crowded with power supply equipment," Myracle said. "It's not feasible to put lights on the existing pole."

Another option is to put up another pole to handle a light. However, Myracle said, because K-7 is a state highway, the city must consult the Kansas Department of Transportation before putting up another pole.

"We must go through KDOT," he said. "That's why we can't just sink another pole wherever we want."

Even if another pole is erected, Myracle said, KDOT has a sight limit. If the pole and light are placed at the intersections, it may produce a glare onto the highway, causing another safety issue.

Myracle said it has been decided that a streetlight will be placed at the K-7 and Hollingsworth Road intersection in conjunction with the improvements being done on Hollingsworth Road. Myracle will meet with Westar's engineers to determine what type of pole and light to put up. The other intersection is still in limbo.

"We are still working with Westar and KDOT for a light at Donahoo," he said.

The issue of streetlights at K-7 and Hollingsworth and Donahoo Roads is on tonight's city council agenda. The meeting begins with a work session at 6 p.m., followed by the council's regular meeting at 7 p.m.

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