From red to green: citizens impact traffic signal changes
Another example of how residents can make a difference in their city government… and even traffic flow at a main downtown intersection.
Mayor Jeff Harrington received a few suggestions from citizens about how to make the traffic flow better through the signal at Nettleton and Kump avenues — where long waits for signal changes are a constant complaint with city council members — and the city last week announced that it plans to enact two of them.
The city will eliminate the dedicated left-turn lane from Nettleton on the traffic signal. It will not operate the same as left turns from Kump, meaning there will be no dedicated turn phase in any direction at this traffic signal, lowering the wait time.
Secondly, the city plans to set the intersection signals to a four-way flashing red from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. every day, turning the intersection into a four-way stop during those very-low traffic hours.
A couple of business-related items for you:
• Cowtown Cheesecake Company, owned by Bonner Springs resident Terry Mille, has grown so much that they need to fund a kitchen expansion. Cowtown creates hand-crafted, small batch, artisan cheesecakes, made with local eggs and cream with all-natural ingredients, and they recently added Aramark as a commercial customer. So Cowtown announced last week that it has created a Kickstarter campaign to buy equipment and to cover production costs. There's only 15 days to go for the campaign, which can be found online here.
• The Legends Outlets Kansas City last week announced that the “long-requested” personal care chain Bath & Body Works would officially open a full-service location in the outdoor shopping center today. Bath & Body Works is occupying a 3,010-square-foot space next to Ann Taylor Factory Store by the Civic Courtyard Fountain.