Public Meeting Friday About Magnolia Construction Project Traffic Problems
Todd Pittenger - Thu 03:10 PM 05/17/2012
City of Salina officials will host a meeting on Friday to discuss a South Salina construction zone that has become a traffic problem.
Motorists disobeying a detour on East Magnolia in a construction zone are causing traffic problems and safety concerns in a neighborhood.
The area of concern is in a neighborhood just south of Magnolia. A stretch of Magnolia is currently closed for a construction project, beginning just east of Shalimar Drive. Traffic headed east on Magnolia is being re-routed north on Ohio to Crawford Street, east on Crawford to Markley Road, and then back south on Markley Road to Magnolia.
Numerous motorists are ignoring the detour, and "road closed to thru traffic" signs. Instead they are detouring along Sierra, and through a residential neighborhood.
Police say this is causing both traffic problems, and safety concerns for the neighborhood. All motorists heading east on Magnolia are urged to use the correct detour.
Earlier this week, police began stopping drivers who ignore the "road closed to thru traffic" signs and instead choose to use Sierra as their detour.
Officers have written numerous tickets in the area. This is a construction zone, so the tickets cost in excess of $150.
The city is considering a different plan for the area. A city proposal for modifying the Magnolia Road construction traffic control to limit additional traffic in adjacent neighborhoods will be presented in the sanctuary of First Southern Baptist Church at the corner of Magnolia Road and Ohio Street. The public meeting will be at 7:30 Friday evening.
Citizen concerns and comments will be heard following the presentation.