During a work session Monday, members of the McPherson City Commission met with McPherson public works director Doug Whitacre about a proposed turning lane near at the intersection of Kansas Avenue and Centennial Drive
Whitacre has proposed a 12-foot by 400-foot turning lane on the northwest corner of the intersection. Construction would extend the existing Centennial Drive lane north and would curve around to Kansas Avenue, heading west, and would continue along the length of the new Walgreens store.
Whitacre said Walgreens is anticipating opening in June or July and has offered to pay for the material cost of the construction and would be willing to negotiate with the city on the cost of the labor, if the project is completed before June 1.
Whitacre said the project is estimated to cost $22,000.
“They are willing to pay for all the materials the curb and gutter,” said Whitacre. “We realize it may draw some discussion, but I feel the benefits we would get from it would override the criticism that we might draw. Between McDonald’s, the car dealership and Wallgreens, there are actually four entrances on Kansas Ave. and the turn lane would help the traffic flow there.”
Whitacre said the turning lane would help the already congested intersection, which will have four entrances — including two for McDonald’s, one for Midway Motors and a future entrance for Walgreens — once Walgreens is completed.
The proposal will be on next Monday’s city commission agenda for formal approval. If commissioners approve the lane, Whitacre said he will begin finalizing negotiations with the contractor.