The traffic signals on Sixth Street for the Kentucky, Vermont and Massachusetts streets intersections have for years been synchronized to allow traffic to move along. Why doesn't the city time the lights on both 23rd and Iowa streets so traffic would move well along them?
"It would cost several million dollars to implement a system like that," said David Woosley, the city's traffic engineer. "To this point in time, that has not been a top priority of the Lawrence City Commission."
Commissioners plan to discuss such issues during a study session with staffers from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.
Woosley said the top candidates for signal synchronization would be major traffic routes such as Sixth, Iowa, 23rd and North Second streets.
Effectiveness of coordinated signals, however, could be hampered by numerous commercial driveways along certain routes, such as 23rd, he said.