Drivers call for change at busy intersection west of Wichita
SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. (KAKE) - 21st and 167th is a busy intersection just west of Wichita. One that people living nearby say is increasingly becoming a problem.
"To get across 21st from 167 is often very dangerous."
The problem has led Carrie Patton and Shelley Farley to try to do something about it.
"After the big accident again two weeks ago, where an Andale man was very critically hurt and they will change his life forever," Carrie said. "We've decided that now's the time for some change."
The two and several other residents have reached out to Sedgwick County to try to get a new set of stop signs or lights put in.
Now the county is looking at what can be done.
"We have a new study underway right now. we are looking at both some short-term actions we're taking as well as long-term recommendations," said Interim Sedgwick County Public Works Director Lynn Packer.
Wednesday afternoon officials addressed the calls for changes at 21st and 167th as well at another intersection, 79th south, and Greenwich.
County Commissioner David Dennis says public works will put in added reflective signage around 167th to try to catch people's attention while it figures out if putting in stop signs on 21st will help.
However, Dennis says the real solution is getting drivers to be safer.
"People are running that stop sign at 167th and 21st street and they're boning somebody else," said Dennis "They're not stopping. How do we get them to stop?"
Patton and Faley say they are going to keep pushing the county to do something significant, beyond the temporary signs.
"We went major changes to stop losing lives. That's our goal."