Opening of new Vandenburgh Ave. is set tentatively for Dec. 5-7; Could it be a U.S. 81 bypass?

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The new Vandenburgh Ave. in Wellington is slated to be completed and opened to motorists on Dec. 5 to Dec. 7 weather permitting said Cody Sims, Wellington City Economic Director.That is the latest completion estimate as of today, Nov. 26, 2013. The completion date has been moved back a couple of times already, so that date is not etched in stone.“We are hoping to open things up at the end of next week,” Sims said. “The latest seven-day weather outlook is promising. We are eager to get things wrapped up.”So is probably everybody. The $2.12 million highway and parallel 10-inch sewer line project started in earnest on March 18. When open it will be a diagonal thoroughfare connecting the north end of A Street near the Industrial Park to the U.S. 160/81 Pizza Hut intersection.Sims said there is still sealant work to be done on all the concrete joints on Vandenburgh. Then there will be paving striping, which road crews hope to have done before the road is opened.Once open then the city will decide whether to make Vandenburgh into a U.S. 81 by-pass road. Wellington City Manager Gus Collins said he is personally against this proposal because if the state takes over Vandenburgh then A Street connecting Vandenburgh to the A Street Roundabout, about one mile south, will no longer be U.S. 81, thus no longer the responsibility of the state of Kansas. Road improvements would then fall solely back to the city of Wellington.Wellington benefits from state funding of U.S. 160 and 81 road construction within the city limits through KLINK and Geometric grant projects. The state usually funds 80 or 90 percent of the projects to the city’s 20 or 10 percent. If A Street is no longer U.S. 81, then the city will no longer be eligible for these state funds.On the other hand, the Wellington City Council will need to decide whether or not making Vandenburgh a state highway will cut down truck traffic on A Street, thus cutting down on wear and tear of A Street and the roundabout.“It is something we will discuss at a later date,” Collins said. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (8) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +5 Vote up Vote down WHSFAN · 350 weeks ago I would say that most truckers are going to utilize vandenburg as their main choice to get around town without using the roundabout so why change it to a state highway? Leave “A” street as the state highway that way when the time comes in a couple years to have it repaved the state is assisting in that project as well. Vandenburg I would hope would not need any major work for a time even with the heavy trucks driving on it unlike A street that could use curbing and proper drainage now. Report Reply 3 replies · active 350 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 350 weeks ago You are right WHSFAN. The issue is whether the trucker will know to do that. If I’m driving southbound through Wellington for the first time, how would I know that this diagonal road that is Vandenburgh will take me where I need to go? If I didn’t know the territory I’d stay on U.S. 81. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down wondering · 350 weeks ago Those truckers know. I’ve followed trucks west bound past the Pizza Hut, out 16th to Crestview, then South to 160, more than once. I have no idea why they go that way. Report Reply -1 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 350 weeks ago Can’t they just put up a “South 81/West 160” truck route sign? I mean….1 or 2 signs. How many did they put up for the circle of death? Most truckers aren’t one trip guys. They usually run the same/similar routes. They aren’t the smartest (or best smelling) guys, but they’ll figure it out. Report Reply -2 Vote up Vote down Yahoo · 350 weeks ago Call it Vandenburg bypass! it wont take truckers long to figure this out. Now its time to start at the wonderful circle jerk with a dozer and widen the roadway to the north end of town. Report Reply 0 replies · active 350 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down thinksimple · 350 weeks ago It’s called a truck route sign. Report Reply 0 replies · active 350 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down City driver · 350 weeks ago Make it us 81 truck route N and S then put up signs saying no through trucks on A street only local trucks for delivery or service only Report Reply 0 replies · active 350 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Bring on the Trucks · 350 weeks ago It does not really matter what I think, the city will do what they want to help them. I live on Vandenburgh, i have no drive way on Vandenburgh, the city would not give me a driveway,I have to use the ally, the police, ems, and fire can not locate my house due to the only access is from the ally…. This is a safety issue in my opinion…. Report Reply 0 replies · active 350 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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