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Engineers: Intersection near new Pittsburg casino will change

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Engineers are busy putting together numbers and other data for ways to update an intersection right by a future casino in Pittsburg.  There's no definite solution yet, but the engineers have a few challenges they will have to overcome.

An engineer with Professional Engineering Consultants in Pittsburg says the new casino's main entrance will end up being north of a current construction entrance.

"It's not unusual condition to do these sorts of studies and make sure that the final result is going to be safe," says Bruce Remsberg with Professional Engineering Consultants.

Remsberg says he also wants the infrastructure around the new casino to be convenient and cost-effective.  Remsberg is helping to put together a report that will eventually be given to KDOT for consideration.  The core of the report will be how to update the nearby 69/400 intersection to handle 583 vehicles going in to the casino and 198 vehicles going out of the casino per hour, during the peak time of day.

Remsberg says current stop signs at the intersection won't be sufficient enough.

"Something has to be done.  Whether it's at the intersection, but also the road itself.  There's going to be way more traffic than what this road can handle now," says nearby farmer Greg Mowdy.

Remsberg also thinks a roundabout won't cut it.

"There was some discussion in our previous talks with KDOT.  At that time, the volume of trucks was such that, we didn't think a roundabout would be appropriate," says Remsberg.

A new stop light at the intersection is an option, but Remsberg and his co-workers are also having to deal with facilitating traffic through the casino's only entrance and exit, off Highway 69.  It means vehicles turning left will have to cross on-coming traffic.

Engineers working on the counting and research phase of this project hope to be done by the end of September.

KDOT may still decide to put in a roundabout at the intersection.  Improvements on Highway 400 may be done eventually, but there are no plans for this right now.  Engineers will soon have both machines and people counting the number of vehicles at this intersection.

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