Archive for Thursday, November 15, 2001

Inconvenience warranted

November 15, 2001


To the editor:

Talk about irresponsible journalism. The Journal-World makes its lead editorial an attack on attempts to slow traffic on a residential street. Perhaps this temporary device, a roundabout at Harvard and Goldfield, is not attractive. Perhaps the signage as it is now is inadequate. But perhaps the Journal-World editorial writer just happened to drive down Harvard and got mad because of being forced to slow down.

You should know your facts. The city of Lawrence has studied traffic on Harvard and found it to be too much and too fast. Residents have known this for years. Tickets on Harvard have been issued for speeds as high as 62 mph. Nearly 200 elementary school children cross Harvard twice a day on their way to and from school. Residents worked for months with a city traffic engineer to develop a plan and got the support of both the Traffic Safety Commission and the City Commission. In canvassing the neighborhood, we have found overwhelming support for trying out this plan.

The Journal-World cites "confusion" of the driver as a reason for not dealing with this issue. There are at least five other traffic circles in Lawrence and such devices have had considerable discussion in the press. Are we to assume that Lawrence residents are not bright enough to understand how to use a circle? I think not.

We invite those who can't be bothered to slow down to try 15th or Sixth Streets where the speed limit is higher. We invite the Journal-World, in its wisdom, to give us a solution to irresponsible speeding on our residential street if the Journal-World has another idea. We on Harvard Road want traffic to slow down. We are willing to try these traffic calming devices regardless of the inconvenience it causes those who use Harvard as the fast route from Wakarusa to Monterey Way. If the Journal-World would like to advocate for the only other real solution a series of 24-hour, police speed traps along Harvard we're willing to talk.

Mark Desetti,


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