Island Reconfiguration on Bluemont Avenue at 3rd Street in Manhattan

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - If you travel around Manhattan, you are no stranger to the orange cones that keep popping up around town.

Recently on Bluemont Avenue at Third Street crews have removed the eastern most island that assists with traffic flow for the left turn lanes onto the Tuttle Creek Boulevard.

This island has caused many traffic backups due the island being wide and with angles hard to maneuver around.

The city is replacing the previous island with one that has taken into consideration the traffic flow angles provided by the Kansas Department of Transportation, in hopes of providing better traffic flow through the area.

“Through some redesign on that we’ve lengthened the island, the taper portion of the island to hopefully allow more cars to get in to that left turn bay area.” City of Manhattan, Project Coordinator, Ken Hays says.

The island at Third Street allows for left turn access onto north Third Street and access to the businesses there by eastbound traffic. The project should be finished in about two weeks.