When Lenexa rebuilt the intersection at 87th Street and Renner Boulevard in 2012, the plan was to install a metal truss stretching across the streets with traffic signals hanging from it.
But it failed during installation.
Then there was talk of using the metal for public art, perhaps at that location, but it was eventually hauled off and put in storage. A temporary signal system was installed.
Steven G. Schmidt of Lenexa isn’t a fan of those temporary lights.
So when is the city going to give the green light for a more permanent fix?The answer
The Dog is wagging his tail because he has some good news for you, Steven.
New truss sections are scheduled to arrive by the end of April, and the construction should be finished by the end of May, said Becky Yocham, the city’s head of community development.
“Both dates are weather dependent — both for the site of the fabrication (Minnesota) and here, where it will be assembled, but we will have an assembled truss this summer for sure,” she added.
Meanwhile, the city hasn’t decided whether to repurpose the failed truss as artwork. Its scrap metal value is minimal, Yocham said.
The Watchdog says that if they ever knock down Kemper Arena, maybe all the trusses could become a sculpture.