Intersection Roundabout To Get Two Hearings
Those stupid round-things are going to get a hearing, no, two. The City
of Manhattan has sent letters to people with an interest in the
If no one shows up at the meetings the City will build one at Kimball Avenue and N. Manhattan Avenue.
The City staff want to place the control device at the intersection and the State has money available for the construction.
The workshops are scheduled for January 9, 2000 and January 23, 2000.
The meeting on January 9th will start at 6:00 p.m. The meeting on
January 23rd will begin at 5:00 p.m. Both will be held in the City Commission Room of City Hall at 1101 Poyntz Avenue.
Here is a letter that was sent to some residents about the meetings:
As you are probably aware, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT)
has offered the City of Manhattan a grant to address safety
issues at the intersection of Kimball Avenue and N. Manhattan Avenue. The countermeasure that KDOT has recommended for the traffic
control device is a modern roundabout.
In February of 2001, the City Commission will accept or deny the grant
offer from KDOT. If the Commission accepts the grant, they will
decide the type of traffic control device that is to be utilized at this location. Possible alternatives for the control of traffic at this intersection
include a modern roundabout, a traffic signal, and a grade separated interchange. It will be the task of the Commission to chose one of these
alternatives or leave the intersection under the stop sign control that exists today.
The City Commission has expressed the desire to have significant public
input into the process of selecting the most appropriate traffic
control device that will be placed at this location. To address the wishes of the Commission, City Administration has scheduled two (2)
workshops that will allow for public education, participation, and which will hopefully result in consensus as to which traffic control device
should be utilized. It is the intent of City Administration to formulate a process by which the community arrives at the best possible traffic
control device at Kimball Avenue and N. Manhattan Avenue for the benefit of the citizens of Manhattan and visitors to the area.
At some point in the past you have expressed your opinion toward modern
roundabouts, either in favor or against. City Administration
wishes to personally invite you to be an integral part of the workshops. Your input is vital toward helping determine which traffic control
device is placed at Kimball Avenue and N. Manhattan Avenue. The workshops are scheduled for January 9, 2000 and January 23, 2000. The
meeting on January 9th will start at 6:00 p.m. The meeting on January 23rd will begin at 5:00 p.m. Both will be held in the City Commission
Room of City Hall at 1101 Poyntz Avenue. Your attendance at both workshops is requested as information provided and topics of discussion
will be different for both.
We hope that you will place these dates on your calendar and choose
to be a part of this important process. If you have any questions,
please contact me.
Jerry E. Petty, P.E.,
Director of Public Works