PITTSBURG, Kan. —
When a four-month project at the intersection of Centennial Drive and Broadway Street begins April 12, drivers should expect delays as construction causes lane and road closures.
City officials say the nearly $1 million project, funded by a grant through the Kansas Department of Transportation, will improve the surface throughout the intersection, eliminate a dip in the road, install new traffic signals and add turn lanes.
Public Works Director Bill Beasley said construction will be completed in five phases that will move counterclockwise around the intersection. Although some lanes will be closed, Centennial will remain open throughout the project.
“One of our concerns was that there be access through that intersection to get through to the hospital,” Beasley said.
Beasley said the south end of town continues to grow, prompting an accompanying increase in vehicle traffic.
“People coming into Pittsburg normally turn off at Centennial if they’re going to the university, to the hospital or to the industrial park,” he said. “So it’s the first thing everybody sees. We’ll be making some aesthetic improvements as well as improvements in safety.”
During the first three phases, a section of Broadway stretching from south of Centennial to a point north of the entrance to Meadowbrook Mall will be closed.
A deceleration lane will be added off Centennial for vehicles turning into the mall parking area.
During the fourth phase, both Centennial and Broadway will remain open but with some restrictions. In the fifth stage, the pavement will be marked and traffic signal installation will be completed.
A detailed construction sequence map can be viewed at www.pittks.org/DocumentCenter/View/1252.