Neighbors Speak Out Against SW 17th & Macvicar Roundabout

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

Topeka (WIBW) - A neighborhood turned out Wednesday night to keep a roundabout from moving in.

The city wants to cut down on accidents at the intersection of SW 17th and Macvicar. In a packed meeting the College Hill Neighborhood Improvement Association at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1275 SW Boswell, city traffic engineer Linda Voss emphasized safety, but she had plenty of public opinion from residents against a roundabout at SW 17th and Macvicar.

Some people expressed concern for pedestrians around the Washburn University campus, while others worried about how much private land would need to be taken for construction of the roundabout.

Several Topeka City Council members listened to the arguments. They will decide next week on initial funding for the project. City Manager Norton Bonaparte says the issue is the higher than average rate of accidents at the intsersection. He says, statistically, roundabouts are shown to be safer than traditional intersections.

While some residents said they would like to wait for more information, most left hoping the city was clear on their desire to find another option.

The residents did leave happy about another issue. Bonaparte said the city is tabling a plan to switch their trash pickup from the alleys behind their homes to the curbs along the streets.


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