Apr 02, 2024

30th and Halstead light will be longer

Posted Apr 02, 2024 3:30 PM
City of Hutchinson generic-Photo by Nick Gosnell
City of Hutchinson generic-Photo by Nick Gosnell

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Brad Shores with engineering consultant JEO spoke to the Hutchinson City Council at their meeting on Tuesday on the intersection at 30th and Halstead.

"We really need that to be what is called split-phase," Shores said. "Basically, all of east has to go, right, through and left, then all of westbound has to go right, through and left. We cannot have the left turns happening at the same time. It's not safe because of the way the intersection is set up today."

With the new pole going up this week and the new controls on order, once those are here, there will be a change in that light.

"Tomorrow, you're not going to see the change and the length increase," Clements said. "The next three to 12 weeks, once we get the parts and get that installed, that's when, all of a sudden, people are going to forget this conversation and it's going to be, why are we waiting longer at 30th and Halstead now?"

For council member Stacy Goss, getting this intersection fixed is really important.

"I almost died at that intersection when I was 15," Goss said. "I was actually in exactly what you described, but then, once you get hit, we T-boned the light post, which was metal. It still is metal. I was life flighted to Wichita."

The council gave consensus that they want to see the split-phase light work for a while before making decisions on whether to repaint between there and K-61 into three lanes, or expand to five lanes, or keep it the same. 

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