junction city STIC
In the Fall of 2021, the City of Junction City installed five semi-permanent projects. The projects focused on improving the safety of crosswalks near elementary schools.
The materials used for the projects were paid for by a State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) grant received by the MPO, with the local match being provided by a BCBS of Kansas Pathways grant.
Semi-permanent projects are appropriate for implementation in Junction City because:
they are quick to design and install
cost-effective, allowing for more project locations
instant promoters of roadway safety
adjustable before final construction
longer-lasting than demonstration projects
Ash & Jackson will be installed in early 2022.
Why Semi-Permanent Projects?
The rising numbers of non-vehicular crashes, injuries, and fatalities across the state of Kansas stands in direct conflict with ongoing state and local initiatives to increase walking and bicycling and reduce roadway fatalities. Many Kansas communities have adopted walking and biking master plans, Safe Routes to School Plans, or even bike education programs, yet the infrastructure needed to support these initiatives is lacking.
The Every Day Counts initiative, Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP), provides proven solutions to help mitigate non-vehicular exposure and injury severity to support initiatives that increase the safety of walking and biking. Unfortunately, many of the STEP countermeasures are expensive and require lengthy timeframes for planning, design, and implementation. The Flint Hills MPO is interested in helping our communities (especially the smaller ones with limited resources) reduce the amount of time and money needed to implement STEP countermeasures and to do so in a financially feasible manner.