By Lucky Kidd, Ad Astra Radio
HUTCHINSON, Kan. – A lengthy discussion concerning the removal of a temporary traffic signal at 30th and Lucille took place during Tuesday’s Hutchinson City Council Meeting. The signal was removed last week after a traffic study determined it was no longer needed.
Buhler USD 313 Superintendent Cindy Couchman requested that if the signal is not put back, other options be looked at to deal with safety issues, such as a reduced speed zone during arrival and dismissal times at Prairie Hills Middle School, and lighted signage.
Bus driver Dianne Cannon also said speed limits need to be reduced, in particular for traffic traveling westbound on 30th Ave. Westbound vehicles do not encounter a reduction in speed from 55 to 45 miles an hour until reaching Ridgecrest Dr, less than half a mile from the intersection in question.
Some residents in the area, however, say no changes are needed. Greg Binns, who lives on Inverness Rd. east of the intersection expressed concern over the signal causing vehicles to stack up on 30th Ave.
A traffic engineer with JEO Group explained that traffic levels in the area over an eight or even four-hour period during studies last spring did not meet the requirements for a signal.
Meanwhile, a speed study is currently being done on 30th Ave. in the area of Inverness Rd. Council members expressed a desire to have another traffic study done at 30th and Lucille, which will be looked into.
Over two thousand people have signed petitions seeking to have the traffic signal put back in place.