Tubular traffic markers will be installed this week on Maize Road, to simulate a median that would prevent left turns into two drives immediately north of 21st Street. The markers will be left in place for at least 30 days, to see how traffic flows are impacted.
Left turn movements close to the intersection may be contributing to congestion.
“The simulated median will help the City test the impact of traffic changes being considered for construction next year,” says Paul Gunzelman, Traffic Engineer for the City of Wichita.
21st and Maize is one of the busiest intersections in west Wichita, and serves both residential neighborhoods and a major retail area, including NewMarket Square.
The markers may be left in place, or removed at the end of the 30 days, depending on the results of the test. Access to the Dillon’s and Walgreens stores will still be available from either direction on 21st Street and for right turns off Maize Rd.
The City is planning improvements to the 21st and Maize Road intersection that include adding dual left turn lanes. Installing non-mountable medians as part of this project has been proposed to control left turns onto and off Maize Road north of 21st Street.
The Public Works & Utilities Department provides the design and construction of City infrastructure, maintenance of the City’s street and traffic control systems, water and sewer services, storm water management, and environmental health code enforcement and support.