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TRAFFIC SAFETY PLANNERS PLUG PEDESTRIAN NEEDS

February 15, 1994

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Pedestrian-activated traffic signals dominate a list of proposed improvement projects approved last week by the Lawrence Traffic Safety Commission.

Walking across some of Lawrence's busier intersections could get a little easier this year.

Pedestrian-activated walk signals on 11th Street at Kentucky and Tennessee are the top priority on a proposed list of improvement projects, followed by warning signals for a new elementary school and repair of stairs ascending Mount Oread.

The 1994 pedestrian/bicycle improvement project priority list, totaling $34,500, was approved last week by the Lawrence Traffic Safety Commission. The recommendations next go to the Lawrence City Commission, which may change the priority order and add or delete projects.

This year's list is devoid of bicycle improvement projects, acknowledged David Woosley, the city's traffic engineer.

"That's the way the requests came in this year, more pedestrian than bicycle," he said.

The top priority is pedestrian signals for the 11th Street intersections, a $7,500 project held over from last year's list because of a lack of funds.

The number two priority is to install school beacons on 27th Street for students who will attend Prairie Park School next fall. The India School PTA has offered to contribute $1,500 to the $6,000 project.

The priority list also includes:

  • Install hand rails and repair steps on 10th Street from Indiana to Louisiana, $1,500.
  • Install pedestrian-activated walk signals at the intersection of Eighth and Kentucky, $2,500.
  • Install pedestrian-activated walk signals at 15th and Iowa, $12,000. New conduit, wiring and controller are needed.
  • Install pedestrian-activated walk signals at 19th and Iowa, $2,500.
  • Repair stairs and sidewalk at 12th and Mississippi, $2,500.

Two projects, installing school beacons on 21st at Carolina and Louisiana and sidewalk repair on 19th, 21st and Alabama, had been proposed by the Centennial Neighborhood Assn.

The school beacon for 21st and Louisiana was withdrawn, Woosley said, and a traffic study showed insufficient need for beacons at 21st and Carolina. Sidewalk improvements are the responsibility of adjacent property owners.

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