KEARNEY — Due to an increase in traffic causing safety concerns along Washington Street, Kearney leaders are creating a four-way stop at the intersection of Prospect and Washington streets.
“I have asked staff to proceed with redesigning the intersection to a four-way stop with stop bars being painted on the pavement to create additional awareness of this modification,” said City Administrator Jim Eldridge in his board report during the Board of Aldermen’s Aug. 5 meeting.
Alderman Marie Steiner asked if increased traffic patterns are related to roadway and sidewalk improvements occurring on nearby Missouri Highway 92.
Eldridge said while temporary traffic may have increased due to roadwork, he believes the increase is the result of Marimack Drive being made into a thruway.
Mayor Randy Pogue said more vehicles on the road, not speeding, is the safety concern at the intersection.
“Speeding is not the issue,” he said.