October 22, 2014

Police seek witnesses in signal hit-and-run

The traffic light and speed limit sign that used to direct traffic for southbound Center Street lays in the street and sidewalk on Feb. 27. Police believe the traffic signal was struck by a semi truck. Submitted photo by Larry Fotovich

The traffic light and speed limit sign that used to direct traffic for southbound Center Street lays in the street and sidewalk on Feb. 27. Police believe the traffic signal was struck by a semi truck. Submitted photo by Larry Fotovich

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Someone hit a stop light on the intersection of Center Street and Main Street. A temporary traffic signal now directs traffic on southbound Center Street at the intersection.
Gardner police say a driver struck the stop light knocking it into the street between 8:10 p.m. and 8:20 p.m. on Feb. 27.
“We know, obviously, that someone clipped the light, but when we showed up, there was no one around,” Police Chief Gerry Cullumber said.
Police are seeking information about the vehicle that struck the traffic signal.
Officers believe the vehicle was likely a semi-tractor trailer.
“We are just speculating that it was a tractor-trailer based on how (the lightpole) was struck,” Cullumber said. “Evidence at the scene indicated that it was a good-size vehicle.”
On Feb. 28, a stop sign was placed in the southbound lane of Center Street at the intersection, and a blinking red light directed other traffic at the intersection. Later that day, workers installed a temporary traffic signal.
City officials and the Kansas Department of Transportation approved a project to expand the intersection last year. Work was supposed to start last fall, but land acquisitions and final approvals from KDOT delayed the construction start.
Officials anticipate the $1.2 million intersection expansion will begin this spring.
Upgrades will include realigning the intersection, and expanding it to provide left turn lanes on Main Street and add right turn lanes on Center.

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