Archive for Wednesday, January 28, 2015

City conducting survey for potential improvements to Johnson Drive intersection

January 28, 2015

— The City of Shawnee is seeking public input for improvements to the intersection of Johnson Drive and Woodland Road.

The project was identified in 2005 as part of the city’s long term Capital Improvement Plan and in 2014 engineers conducted a traffic study of the intersection. They looked at the amount of traffic using the intersection today and the projected amount of traffic that will use the intersection 20 years from now, according to the city. The traffic study resulted in three potential options for improving the intersection.

The options are to construct a roundabout at the intersection, install traffic lights or do nothing at all and leave it as a four way stop.

The roundabout option will, according to the city's study, be able to handle projected traffic amounts in 20 years and provides less of a delay for drivers than a traffic signal. Operation costs per year for the roundabout are projected to be about $750 where the traffic signals would be about $2,500 per year.

Initial construction costs for the traffic signals would be much lower than the roundabout. The installation of traffic signals is estimated to cost between $150,000 to $175,000 and would take about one month to complete while the construction of the roundabout would cost between $300,000 to $400,000 and would take about three months to complete.

The city is taking public input by way of a survey on their website through Feb. 20. This Spring, the city will analyze the input and make the final decision and construction is scheduled to begin by the Summer. To take the survey, click HERE.

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