Archive for Sunday, May 31, 1998

SHAPES OF FUTURE CURBS ARE ON THE LINE TUESDAY NIGHT.

May 31, 1998

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Lawrence city commissioners plan to receive a report concerning ``lay back'' curbs, which differ from traditional ``vertical'' curbs by being slanted enough to allow vehicles to drive over them.

Commissioners, responding to requests from developers, wanted more information before deciding whether to allow such curbs to be installed.

Among items included in the report:

  • Of 12 Kansas cities surveyed -- from Dodge City to Overland Park -- all currently allow lay back curbs to be installed. Officials in a majority of those cities, however, would rather have that ability removed for future development.
  • ``It's no deep, dark secret that I prefer vertical curbs,'' said George Williams, the city's Public Works director.
  • Using lay back curbs would make plowing snow difficult, Williams said: ``It's very difficult to `feel' a lay back curb.''

City Manager Mike Wildgen said that he, too, prefers traditional vertical curbs. Among his reasons is the increased likelihood that cars would drive up over curbs and onto yards and sidewalks.

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