Two busy intersections in Westport to become four-way stops

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- City Hall is giving the red light to traffic signals at two Westport intersections beginning Friday.

The signals at Westport Road and Mill Street and Westport Road and Pennsylvania Avenue will no longer run through their normal cycle. On Friday they will be set to flashing red.

The public Works Department recently conducted a traffic study in Westport and determined that traffic signals don't work at those two busy intersections, and the current traffic signals don't meet federal guidelines. The study not only monitored vehicle traffic, but also pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

The city eventually plans to replace the lights with four-way stop signs, but until then the flashing lights will allow the city to monitor how the change works.

Over the weekend crews will also remove two left lanes on Mill Street. The idea is to improve travel lanes and add 20 parking spaces along the east side of Mill Street.