There is a growing need to expand the capacity of the intersection to serve more vehicles than it currently accommodates. This southwest portion of the City continues to see significant growth and development. Also, this intersection has been identified as needing safety improvements for drivers and multi-modal users to avoid potential future crashes and decrease driver delays during rush hour periods. Additionally, the pavement on Warlick Boulevard and South 14th Street to the north has served the traveling public well beyond their useful life and need replaced. There is a need to create a cost-effective configuration that satisfies the LTU’s safety and operational criteria, while addressing the concerns of stakeholders and those impacted directly by reconstruction of the intersections.
In 2013, the City provided lane re-striping, enhanced signage, and updates to traffic signal timing. These efforts provided short-term relief and offered an opportunity for the City to continue to evaluate and determine a functional, cost-effective, long-term solution.