Archive for Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Free State traffic

November 23, 2005


To the editor:

The traffic is bad at Free State High School. Students can barely get in or out of Free State around 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Two roads lead to Free State: Wakarusa Drive and Folks Road. Due to single-lane roads traffic is always backed up. Students cannot leave when they need to, whether it is to go to jobs, sports, after-school activities or medical appointments.

Another road leading to Overland Drive would give a better flow of traffic and less chance of accidents. If there were a fire or other emergency at the school, it would be very difficult for emergency equipment to respond in a timely manner.

Recently, Folks Road has been opened up to traffic south of Sixth Street, which creates more of a problem because there is no left-turn signal for southbound traffic on Folks Road at Sixth Street.

The left-turn signal and the new road would also help save gas. People sit and wait at most intersections in the area to get to and from the school in the mornings and afternoons.

The traffic is bad at Free State High School and the surrounding roads. Adding turn signals and a new road would make this area a much better place to drive.

Nick Joseph,



grimpeur 12 years, 4 months ago

Maybe the problem is all the cars being driven to school. You know, all the kids (and teachers) who live less than half a mile away but still take their cars? This is true for LHS and KU, too. When demand for roads and for parking is driven by people driving a few minutes when they should be walking (yes, even in winter), then the problem isn't lack of roads and turn lanes. There is no infrastructure solution to the problem of habitual, recreational, unnecessary driving.

Don't like traffic congestion? Then don't add to it.

Jamesaust 12 years, 4 months ago

But wouldn't adding a Wal-Mart to the mix improve things?

Seriously: why doesn't Free State have a traffic cop at the entrance/exit at peak times directing traffic smoothly in-and -out?

wonderhorse 12 years, 4 months ago


I don't know if you are familiar with the area or not. I believe he is talking about the backup that occurs where Wakarusa and Folks roads meet 6th St. There are stoplights at both intersections, and, with those huge parking lots at FSHS, I can see where there would be a backup while waiting for the light to change. I don't think that assigning an LPD officer to direct traffic at those two intersections (W and 6th, Folks and 6th) would be in the best interests of Lawrence.

LHS avoids this problem because it's lots are so small that most of the students park on side streets and walk to their cars. In some cases I know, there are students that actually walk further to their car than they would have to walk to go home. It still gets pretty hairy on 19th when classes let out, because of all of the KU traffic that also uses the road as a major artery.

I know how to resolve the problem at FSHS, let's build a roundabout! (sarcasm)

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