This week, readers wondered about a new kind of turning light, where to find phone books and Hutchinson's Fourth of July parade.
Q: In Oklahoma, they use flashing yellow lights while the other lanes are green. There have been times when I have pulled up to a permissive left turn that the light is red but there is no oncoming traffic, so I have to wait while the lights cycle through. Is this something we could do in Hutchinson or is it against the law?
Short answer: yes. This is legal, but we’ll need the traffic light tech to back up this change if the city goes in that direction.
This type of permissive turn light is becoming more common in Kansas — I got to turn on one on a recent trip through downtown Wichita this spring.
I checked with Jeff Peterson, director of engineering for the City of Hutchinson, about if this might be possible.
“Yes, this is something we could do in Hutchinson,” he said. “We have considered flashing yellow lights to allow permissive left turns at certain intersections — say, 30th Avenue and Main Street and others.”
However, it’s not as simple of a fix as adding a yellow light bulb. This function would have to be implemented after some upgrades.
“The existing traffic cabinets at these locations are older and are not sized to incorporate the required hardware to make that happen. In the future, if budget allows, this may begin to be incorporated at warranted intersections,” Peterson said.
Q: Where can I order or buy a Hutchinson phone book?
You can order them straight from the source by calling 1-800-YB-YELLOW (926-3556) or request one online at https://www.yellowbook.com/order-directory.
Q: When is the deadline to sign up for the Fourth of July parade?
I asked Randy McKay, program director for 102.9 KHUT-FM. The deadline for entry is 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 26. Entry forms can be found at http://www.hutchpost.com/patriotsparade.
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