Beginning June 8, the City of Topeka will begin converting the intersection at 9th Street and Jackson Street from a four-way signalized stop to a two-way stop allowing free-flow traffic along Jackson through the intersection.
At the completion of the conversion, northbound vehicles will not be required to stop on Jackson. There will be a stop sign on westbound 9th, and eastbound traffic from the Capitol grounds will be controlled by the security gate.
“The city performed a study of the traffic at that intersection and concluded that the signal is not necessary,” said Todd Fertig, Director of Public Affairs for the Kansas Department of Administration. “They have a process they go by to inform the public of the change to ensure the safety of pedestrians.”
The first step in the conversion will be a sign posted on the traffic signal crossbars stating “Signal to be removed in September.”
After July 1, the signal will go into flash-mode with the northbound Jackson light flashing yellow and the westbound 9th Street light flashing red. Also, all crosswalks will be marked with signs. They replace the pedestrian signal heads. Pavement markings are already in place.
After August 1, the stop sign will be placed on the east leg of the westbound traffic with a smaller sign that says “Cross traffic does not stop.” The signals will be bagged and remain in place.
On Sept. 2, the traffic signal heads and the mast arms will be removed. The upright poles will remain in place for street lighting at the intersection.
No vehicles will be allowed to park in the middle of Jackson Street on the south side of the intersection to ensure adequate sight distance of pedestrians for motorists at pedestrian crossings. No parking will be allowed in the parking restricted area on the east side of Jackson in front of the Landon Building. A loading zone is located on 9th Street at the northeast corner of the Landon Building to allow for deliveries and drop offs.
Questions regarding the changes to be made at 9th and Jackson may be directed to Todd.Fertig@da.ks.gov.