Archive for Monday, December 6, 2010

KDOT agrees to install stoplight at 24-40 and 158th

December 6, 2010

The Kansas Department of Transportation has agreed to install a traffic signal at the intersection of U.S. Highway 24-40 and 158th Street, Basehor city administrator Mark Loughry said Monday.

Officials from the city of Basehor and KDOT met last week to discuss the findings of a KDOT traffic study of the area around the intersection, Loughry said, and the KDOT officials said the results merited the installation of a stoplight.

KDOT will aim to install the light by the start of the 2012 school year, Loughry said.

“We'd obviously like to see it happen sooner than 2012,” Loughry said, “but we're just happy that they're going to be able to do something there.”

After three accidents occurred on 24-40 near 158th Street early in the school year, the Chamber of Commerce, Basehor-Linwood School District and the Leavenworth County Commission joined to ask KDOT for a traffic study investigating the speed limit on the highway in and around Basehor.

After conducting a study, KDOT did not support lowering the speed limit from 65 mph, Loughry said, but it did support installing a stoplight because of traffic patterns at the intersection.

For more on this story, check this week's print editions of the Sentinel and The Mirror.

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