A controversial intersection east of the city that has been the scene of two fatal accidents in the past year will undergo renovations in 2014.
Kansas Department of Transportation officials said Wednesday that they will improve turn and acceleration lanes at the intersection of U.S. 24 and Flush Road. Jennifer Upchurch, a KDOT spokesperson, said Pottawatomie County officials prioritized the Flush Road intersection improvements.
The projects are among seven statewide that will split $4.5 million in funding.
The work at Flush Road and U.S. 24 will involve adding an acceleration lane for westbound traffic turning off Flush Road onto U.S. 24. A second improvement will involve lengthening the present eastbound left turn lane from U.S. 24 onto northbound Flush Road. Upchurch said KDOT has allocated up to $591,000 for the project.
Upchurch noted that the work was recommended in a plan produced by KDOT several years ago, and was being slated now because funds became available for it.
The work at the intersection of McCall Road and Tuttle Creek Boulevard will add westbound double left turn lanes for traffic accessing Tuttle Creek Boulevard south from McCall Road. Upchurch said KDOT has allocated up to $199,000 for the project. It, too, will be done in 2014.
If the cost of either project exceeds the amount allocated by KDOT, that cost would be borne by Pottawatomie County in the case of the Flush Road work and Manhattan in the case of the McCall intersection improvement.