Changes ahead for dangerous intersection in Salina
Wed, 14 May 2014 03:41:47 GMT —
It's been a major nuisance to both drivers and pedestrians in Salina for years: a slip ramp that allows northbound traffic on Old Liverpool Road to turn right onto Electronics Parkway without approaching the traffic light at its intersection.
Cars in the special lane are supposed to yield to traffic on Electronics Parkway, but typically that doesn't happen.
"People definitely come speeding down the ramp and don't slow down or look at traffic that they're merging into or look for people who are trying to turn left into the shopping plaza," said Vicky's Tasty Treats owner Lisa King, who watches the mayhem unfold right in front of her ice cream shop. "It's dangerous. I've seen motorcycle, pedestrian and car accidents due to people speeding around that corner."
Employees across from the precarious slip ramp on Electronics Parkway agree.
"I've seen a few accidents in front of our store," said Gino & Joe's Pizzaria manager James Liscum. "It's really hard pulling out of the parking lot and making a left because sometimes you can't see the cars coming."
Tonight the Department of Transportation presented a plan to do away with the troublesome slip ramp all together and replace it with a designated right-hand turn lane.
Salina officials hope to have a finalized plan by August. Construction is slated to begin in the spring of 2015 and is estimated to last until late summer.