Beatrice BPW Recommends Intersection Analysis

BEATRICE – The Beatrice Board of Public Works is recommending approval of a traffic study for an intersection near a Beatrice Elementary School building.

The board Wednesday recommended that the Beatrice City Council approve the analysis to be done by Olsson and Associates, at a cost not to exceed $15,000.

City Engineer James Burroughs says discussion about possible intersection improvements at 19th and Lincoln began with whether traffic signals should be upgraded.

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Currently, right turns on a red light are prohibited at the intersection, between the hours of seven a.m. and four p.m. when school is in session.  Lincoln Elementary School is located near the intersection.

Burroughs describes some of the analysis the engineering firm would undertake.

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The study would also provide estimated costs of any improvements.  The traffic study will be funded out of the city street department budget.

BPW Manager Tobias Tempelmeyer says north and south traffic turning right at 19th and Lincolnl sometimes pulls alongside traffic to make the turn, even though no turn lanes exist at the intersection.

Burroughs says the study would examine various options at the intersection.

In other action Wednesday, the public works board approved the sale of a used truck to help pay for purchase of a new pickup for the city’s wastewater department.  The new vehicle, at a cost of $26,300, came in slightly above the budgeted amount of $25,000.

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