Four-way stop signs are coming soon to 10th and Winchester.

Currently, the intersection is controlled by a two-way stop for east-west traffic. City Council members on Monday night voted to make it a four-way stop. The vote was seven yes, one absent (Councilwoman Bonita Nash did not attend Monday night's meeting).

Randy Kirby

Fourth Ward Councilwoman Megan Page explained that the four-way stop is needed due to the ever-increasing traffic at the intersection.

There is also more commercial development being built on the northeast corner, and trees were recently cleared on the southeast corner, presumably for development as well. On the northwest corner is Bothwell's Healing Arts Center. And close to the southwest corner is Cedarhurst Senior Living Center. And of course the Sedalia WalMart is located on Winchester.

Randy Kirby

Winchester was recently completely redone and resurfaced in June, prior to the start of the Missouri State Fair.

In April, a traffic study of 32nd and Limit, as well as just south of Broadway and Winchester, was conducted by Wilson and Company, which made recommendations at both locations to address the congestion problem.

The study at 32nd and Limit for professional design services cost $34,000, while the study at Winchester and Broadway (entrance to Walmart) cost $7,945.

Public Works Director Brenda Ardrey noted in mid-March that the City's Street Department planned to reclaim Winchester Drive from near Highway 50 to 16th Street. She noted that Winchester had several base failures and the roadway was experiencing scaling and pitting.

According to the City, long term, there are options available to help with the flow of traffic and increase safety. "We anticipate bringing other options forward with the budget development process for the next fiscal year," it was noted.

Council also approved prohibiting parking around the City's 12th and Marshall intersection to allow for better visibility, Page explained.