Archive for Saturday, April 9, 1994

CITY TO EXPLORE CUL-DE-SAC OPTIONS ON ORCHARD LANE

April 9, 1994

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CLOSE ORCHARD LANE?

The city engineer has developed four options for making Orchard Lane a cul de sac west of Iowa Street:

At Iowa. This option would cut within 20 feet of a rental home, and cut into a commercial parking lot. Cost

Carolynn Crawford's neighborhood wish is simple: Please, drivers, slow down on Orchard Lane.

"Do you want cars racing down your street, where your children are outside playing?" said Crawford, chair of the land-use committee for the Sunset Hills Neighborhood Assn. "Have a heart, guys. You don't live in our neighborhood, and you're welcome anytime, but don't drive like hell through it.

"It's the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

Tuesday night, Lawrence city commissioners will consider four options for cutting off through traffic on Orchard Lane, which currently carries about 340 cars a day.

Each option would transform the road into a cul-de-sac, costing anywhere from $25,000 to $60,000, and require the taking of private land, said Terese Gorman, city engineer.

Commissioners asked for alternatives last fall, after rejecting other requests for stop signs along Crestline Drive, also intended to stop cut-through traffic in the neighborhood.

Crawford figures the second option -- installing a cul-de-sac on Orchard, just east of Crestline Drive -- makes the most sense, because it would provide the safest traffic route and take the least land. Gorman estimates the project would cost $50,000.

Dave Penny sees something else: new pavement and concrete for the cul-de-sac plowing over three of his pear trees at 2425 Orchard. The curb would squeeze within 12 feet of a barn on his two-acre lot, heading toward the house.

"I didn't plan on having a cul-de-sac right there next to my bedroom," said Penny, who bought the one-story ranch home from his uncle's estate in December. "It's pretty deep into my territory. I'm not tremendously excited about the thing."

Penny planned to discuss the options with other Orchard Lane residents during an invitation-only meeting this morning. Crawford said anyone could come to her house for a land-use committee meeting, which begins at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Gorman's options and cost estimates will be considered by city commissioners during their Tuesday night meeting, which begins at 6:35 p.m. in the city commission meeting room at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.

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