Instead of constructing left-turn lanes at 14th and Massachusetts, has the city considered installing a traffic signal with a left-turn arrow?
Currently, city staffers are working with officials from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) to explore alternative solutions for reducing accidents at the intersection.
KDOT engineers had offered to help finance installation of new signals at the intersection, plus construction of left-turn lanes on Massachusetts. Lawrence city commissioners, however, rejected that notion and sent planners back to the drawing board.
The city hasn't considered installing a left-turn signal, because doing so without dedicated left-turn lanes would not work properly, said David Woosley, the city's traffic engineer.
"It can be done, but it certainly isn't the best thing to do," Woosley said.
Woosley expects to have KDOT's new recommendations, if any, sometime in July.