GIRARD — The Crawford County Commission discussed road safety during their regular meeting Friday, specifically around an Arma intersection.
Commissioner Tom Moody said the City of Arma reached out to him for help garnering support for additional safety measures at the intersection of U.S. Highway 69 and 640th Avenue in Arma. Since 2000, over 60 wrecks have occurred at the intersection, causing two deaths and over 30 injuries.
“The city has looked at different options over the years, but nothing has worked,” Moody said. “I would like to see a stop light put in, but we need the state’s permission and the funding to do that.”
The commission agreed to set up a work session with the city and state officials from the Kansas Department of Transportation. They will also try to arrange to have Kansas State Representatives Adam Lusker and Monica Murnan attend the work session to look at what can be done to increase safety at the intersection.
“It’s a bad intersection, and over the years it has proven to be a bad intersection,” Moody said. “We need a change.”
The commission also looked at an opportunity for funding for off-system bridge replacement. The county applied for funding for four different small bridges throughout the county. Three of the applications were not successful, but one was chosen.
The bridge is located on 580th Avenue between 20th and 30th streets. Project costs were estimated by the state at $520,000. If the county decides to move forward with the project, the state will pay 80 percent of the costs, while the county will be responsible for 20 percent.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.