Q: Why did Lied Center officials go out of Kansas to find a company to design a logo when there are so many artists and designers right here in Lawrence and in Kansas?
A: Jacqueline Davis, director of the the Lied Center of Kansas, said the new logo for the $14.3 million performing arts facility at Kansas University was designed by Pinnacle Creative Co. of Kansas City, Mo. She said Pinnacle's logo was selected from among proposals submitted by "a number of creative design firms." And Pinnacle does have a KU connection. The president of Pinnacle, Cathy Pressley, and several employees of the company are KU graduates, she said. The logo features the letters L and C combined with KU's colors of crimson and blue.
Q: I don't understand what the road construction on Ninth Street was all summer long. I thought the purpose was to widen it to four lanes, although there seems to be no difference other than a bus turnoff for KU students. Why didn't they widen it to four lanes when they had the chance?
A: City Manager Mike Wildgen said Monday that the original proposal for work on Ninth Street included widening most of the section between Michigan and Iowa streets to four lanes to improve traffic flow.
However, after hearing concerns about two years ago from neighborhood organizations, especially the Hillcrest Neighborhood Assn., Lawrence city commissioners changed plans, Wildgen said.
"The city responded to expressed concerns, and we appreciate their response," Arthur Anderson, president of the Hillcrest Neighborhood Assn., said at the time. "I think it worked out OK."
Neighborhood residents feared that widening the road would increase traffic speed on the street and make it even harder for residents and students at Hillcrest Elementary School to cross the busy street, Anderson said.
The city decided to widen a 600-foot section of Ninth Street this summer between Michigan Street and a point about 500 feet west of Emery Road. The widened portion of Ninth tapers back to two lanes well before the Avalon Road intersection.
The project was designed to create safer driving conditions on the road and better sight lines for drivers entering Ninth from Emery.
Workers shaved three feet from the crest of the hill just west of Emery, and installed a three-way traffic signal above the Emery intersection.
They also dug out the original retaining wall on the south side of Ninth and constructed a new building block-style wall 15 feet farther south to accommodate the widened portion of the road.
Problems moving traffic along Ninth Street in part would be solved by coordination of traffic lights on the street and construction of a new right-turn-only turn lane at Ninth and Iowa streets, Anderson said.
Construction on the Ninth and Iowa project was scheduled to finish Monday.