A year after Theresa Knight was struck and killed by a passing car as she crossed Massachusetts Street, the city is beginning to install pedestrian-activated traffic signals at 17th and Massachusetts.
Installation of the four-way traffic signal at the intersection should start this week and be completed by March 1, according to Terese Gorman, city engineer.
``It will certainly help pedestrians get across the street,'' she said.
The Lawrence City Commission in May agreed with nearby residents' concerns and decided to install traffic signals at the intersection, even though the intersection did not meet usual requirements for installing lights.
Elderly residents of Babcock Place Apartments said that traffic zips by too fast along Massachusetts Street, making crossing difficult. Knight, an 86-year-old Babcock resident, died Jan. 29, 1992, after she was hit by a car and killed as she crossed Massachusetts at 17th Street.
The Kansas Department of Transportation provided funding for a traffic study at the intersection, which produced a recommendation to install concrete medians north and south of the intersection along Massachusetts. Commissioners disagreed, however, and voted to install the four-way signal.
The project, which will cost the city $32,700, will allow pedestrians to stop traffic on Massachusetts by pressing buttons on street corners. Cars turning off 17th Street will gain passage thanks to special sensors cut into the pavement.