The city of Parkville invites the public to a presentation later this month on the outcome of a traffic study recently conducted at a busy city intersection.
To hear the results of the study and to discuss other traffic related issues, the board of aldermen will have a work session at 6 p.m. Monday, June 24 at Parkville City Hall.
The city announced Monday that a traffic study at the intersections of Crooked Road, River Hills Drive and South National Drive has been completed. The intersections serve the River Hills and Cider Mill Ridge subdivisions. The study, produced by TranSystems Corporation, makes recommendations to address operational and safety conditions at the two adjacent intersections.
In 2013, at the request of residents in the River Hills subdivision, the intersection was studied and at that time it was determined that a four-way stop was not warranted. The board of aldermen made a commitment that it would conduct a new study when the newer subdivisions started to build out and traffic volumes increased.
In 2018, when the last Plat of Cider Mill Ridge was approved and its construction began, the board approved a new traffic study funded by a Transportation Engineering Assistance Program grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation.
In addition to determining the warranted traffic control devices at Crooked Road, residents and city staff were concerned about limited site distance and increased traffic volumes on South National Drive due to the new homes being built in Cider Mill Ridge. City staff installed interim yield signs on the minor legs of South National Drive to address resident safety concerns. The traffic study commenced and reviewed operational and safety conditions at both intersections and provided recommendations to address any existing deficiencies.
“The traffic study makes recommendations that will help improve traffic flow at the intersection and improve vehicle and pedestrian safety,” said mayor Nan Johnston. “It is the city’s goal to provide citizens with safe access to all areas of the city.”
The study determined that a four-way stop at Crooked Road and River Hills Drive was not warranted and should continue to operate with stop signs on the north and south legs of River Hill Drive. The study further determined that the north River Hills Drive intersection with South National Drive be modified to remove the existing yield signs and install a single northbound stop sign on River Hills Drive.