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Archive for Tuesday, February 6, 1990

TRAFFIC BOARD RECOMMENDS IMPROVEMENTS

February 6, 1990

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The Lawrence Traffic Safety Commission is recommending a series of steps be taken to improve safety at a North Lawrence intersection.

The TSC, going beyond the recommendations of the city engineer, is asking that the intersection of North Third and Lincoln be converted into a four-way stop. In addition, the commission is recommending that parking be prohibited near the four corners of the intersection.

The action came during Monday's monthly meeting of the TSC. The recommendation, along with others made by the TSC on Monday, will go to the Lawrence City Commission for final consideration.

BOB MOODY, North Lawrence Improvement Assn. president, had asked the TSC to install stop signs on North Third at Lincoln to convert the intersection into a four-way stop. Terese Gardner, city engineer, in a technical report to the traffic commissioners, said traffic load is not heavy enough to warrant the multi-way stop. The total volume must average 500 vehicles per hour for eight hours to meet established criteria, and a traffic study showed that the highest volume was 240 vehicles between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Ms. Gardner suggested that parking be removed from portions of the streets near the intersection to improve sight distances.

The traffic commissioners decided they would use both means to try to improve the intersection.

"Basically, they felt the sight distances were poor enough that they should remove the parking and install a four-way stop," Ms. Gardner said.

THE NLIA did not, however, get backing from the TSC on its request to place yield signs on North Eighth at Elm. The commission agreed with the city engineer's recommendation that yield signs remain on Elm at North Eighth.

In other action Monday, the TSC:

Recommended against removing parking on the north side of Oxford Road from Crestline Drive to Oxford Circle.

Recommended placing a "reverse turn" with an accompanying 20 mph advisory plate for traffic using Eighth Street between Kasold Drive and Lawrence Avenue. The recommendation came in response to a complaint of speeding traffic on the street.

Acknowledged receipt of a letter noting the resignation of Oliver Phillips from the commission.

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