PITTSBURG — At the Pittsburg USD 250 board meeting Monday, Superintendent of Schools Destry Brown announced the Kansas Secretary of Transportation turned down a request for a new stoplight at the intersection of Free King Highway and 4th Street.

In October, Brown discussed options with both the City of Pittsburg and the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Possible solutions were make the area a school zone which would drop the speed limit to 20 and another solution is to place a stoplight at the intersection, Brown told the board at the October meeting.
Any of the solutions must be approved by the Kansas Department of Transportation.

“We were turned down for the plan we had for the stoplight for Free King and Fourth Street,” Brown said Monday. “That was really the anchor for any of the rest of the plans to improve the situation, as far as the traffic at the high school.”

Brown said despite having people from KDOT in Crawford County in favor of the addition of a stoplight and having the city and district bear the cost, it was still turned down.

He said the district was denied because it doesn’t meet any of the warrants, which are certain state requirements.

“It doesn’t meet any warrants ... it does not meet any of those as far as number of cars, load of traffic, things like that,” he said. “We had the near miss this year with the kid who was hit by a car I just don't think we should keep putting that to chance.”

Brown said the city will be taking measures to lower the speed limit there and in the meantime he would like to speak to State Representative Monica Murnan, (D-Pittsburg) and

Senator Richard Hilderbrand, (R-Baxter Springs).

“... I would like to approach our representative and senator and see if they can give us some help to get that stoplight on that corner,” Brown said. “We have been trying to get that stoplight for 30 years, and they just will not approve the warrant for that stoplight … I would like to talk with Monica and Senator Hilderbrand to see if they can apply some pressure and helps us and see if we can get that in place.”

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.