Anyone interested in the plans to install traffic signals at Broadway and Harrison are invited to attend a city meeting set for 6 p.m. next Monday, it was announced Monday night at the Great Bend City Council meeting.
City Administrator Howard Partington announced that the meeting has been set to run from 6-7 p.m. on Jan. 10 in the city building, 1209 Williams.
City Engineer Robert Winiecke announced earlier that this will be the first of two planned public input meetings
Winiecke will provide the public with illustrations that show proposed placement of the stop lights, the changes that will need to be made on Broadway to provide for a left-turn lane for westbound traffic, and Winiecke said he present the information on the previously proposed round-about again, to find out what the public’s input would be.
Winiecke reported earlier to the council that the traffic patterns and accidents at that intersection did not, in Kansas Department of Transportation standards, meet the requirements for traffic signals.
The intersection did meet stipulations for a four-way stop sign arrangement, or for a round-about, and the state would assist in funding for a round-about.
Those alternatives had already been dismissed by the city and the council had agreed that it would use city funds to pay for the traffic signals if KDOT was not going to help.
Winiecke also reported that a study of accidents at the intersection indicated the majority were side impact wrecks, and he said a traffic signal would not have avoided those.
Also during Monday night’s meeting, Mayor Mike Allison invited interested parties to seek more information about getting involved in city government.
Allison announced that there are two openings on the Planning Commission. One opening must be a person who lives in the city limits and the other, someone who lives outside the city.
For more information, call the city office, 793-4111.