When they met Thursday, commissioners revisited the issue of possibly installing a traffic signal at 20th Street and Eisenhower Road.

When they met Thursday, commissioners revisited the issue of possibly installing a traffic signal at 20th Street and Eisenhower Road.

Commissioners took no action on the matter. But Commission Chairman Doug Smith said the issue likely will come up again.

Commissioners discussed the topic last year in preparation for an Eisenhower Road project.

County officials plan to widen Eisenhower Road from west of 13th Street to County Road 5. The project was promised as part of a renewal of a countywide sales tax that was approved by voters in 2015.

Commissioners at one point discussed constructing a roundabout at 20th Street and Eisenhower Road.

However, officials with the city of Leavenworth argued that a traffic signal is called for in a memorandum of understanding between the county government and the cities of Leavenworth and Lansing. The agreement was approved last year.

Currently, the intersection only has stop signs for northbound and southbound traffic.

County officials settled on installing conduits at the intersection that will make it easier to add a traffic signal in the future.

Design work for the road project is almost complete. Construction is not scheduled to begin until next year.

The issue of a traffic signal was raised again Thursday as Greg Kaaz addressed commissioners on several topics during a period set aside for public comment.

Kaaz, president of Leavenworth Excavating & Equipment Company, argued for putting in a traffic signal as part of the Eisenhower Road project.

He predicted that a lot of development will take place in the area of the intersection in the next 10 years.

“This area is going to be growing,” he said.

Commission Bob Holland questioned why a roundabout would not be appropriate.

“They flow traffic so easily and there’s no stopping,” he said.

Kaaz said roundabouts are a good idea for roads with single-lane traffic. But he said roundabouts can cause choke points for multi-lane roads, such as Eisenhower Road will be when it is widened.

Commissioner Clyde Graeber noted that the current plans for the road project already require cabling to be put in place for a traffic signal.

He suggested commissioners should consider adding the installation of a traffic signal to the project.

Kaaz suggested separate “add alternate” bids can be accepted for the traffic signal along with the main construction bids for the project.

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