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Vital streetscape improvements getting greenlight

Many of the city’s busiest intersections will start getting safer when more than 20 streetlight improvement projects begin in October.

"These improvements will help ensure that Kansas City’s streets provide safe, efficient travel for all of its citizens – whether pedestrians or drivers,” said City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen. “CIMO has worked to bring this project from the drawing board to construction in record time, and we are looking forward to getting started.” (“CIMO” is the acronym for the City of Kansas City, Missouri’s, Capital Improvements Management Office. This office is part of the City Manager’s Office.)

The project work includes adding left-turn signals, placing mast-arm signals where there are currently pedestal-mounted signals, replacing outmoded power supplies, installing new LED pedestrian signal heads, and repairing existing wheelchair ramps.

“Being older installations, the existing signals in this set of projects do not meet the federal Department of Highway Administration’s standards,” said Server Sheriff, a CIMO project manager. “The improvements we’ll start in October will provide better visibility, reduce accidents and improve traffic flow.”

Sheriff and other CIMO staff members managed the design process, and will coordinate construction and inspection through the program’s completion. The design process took advantage of CIMO’s streamlined design criteria, allowing construction to take place within months. Crews will complete the first phase of the project this winter, with additional street improvements scheduled for later in 2006.

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