Buses will soon be able to turn left out of KTC
After operating the Keizer Transit Center (KTC) for more than five years with right-in / right-out access only, KTC is about to get a new traffic signal to allow for right or left turn access in and out of the property. The traffic signal was included in the original design, but initial engineer’s estimates placed the cost above the funds Cherriots had to build the transit center.
As a result, the signal was eliminated from the project. At the end of the project construction, however, there was enough grant balance to complete the signal project.
Because the signal will also benefit Keizer for development of property to the west of KTC, an agreement was negotiated with the city to pay the local match against the grants Cherriots has with the Federal Transit Administration. The negotiation took a significant amount of time but once in place, the engineering, design, and environmental work proceeded.
In September 2018, an invitation to bid was released for the construction of the signal and the additional road and signal work required because of the traffic flow changes. Brown Construction, Inc. from Eugene, Oregon, was the successful bidder.
The full project will include a full signalized intersection at the entrance of KTC, the addition of a second left-turn lane at the intersection with Lockhaven Road, and associated changes to the traffic signals at that intersection. Full construction work began last month and the project is to be completed and fully functional no later than Aug. 16, 2019. The contractor is confident in that date and indicated in the schedule that construction could be completed sooner.