Archive for Tuesday, April 4, 2006

City looks to fix bump where boy was hurt

April 4, 2006


A boy remained in critical condition Monday after being struck by a trailer Saturday near the corner of Locust and North Second streets.

William Baker, 15, was airlifted to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. He suffered severe leg injuries.

The dip in the pavement at the intersection that may have caused the trailer to hop the curb and hit William is a problem that city street officials plan to fix next year.

"Some people call it a dip. Some people call it a bump," said Lawrence Public Works Director Chuck Soules. "There is a displacement in the pavement that does cause some jarring of the vehicles as they cross it, if they're exceeding the speed limit."

The bump is nearly invisible to northbound motorists who hit it after driving north across the Kansas River bridge.

"We do have an advanced warning sign there that identifies the bump with a cautionary, or advisory, speed limit which is slower than the posted speed limit," Soules said. "I do know that people tend to go through it a little bit faster."

Work on the city's planned fix for the bump is not slated to begin until October 2007. The Kansas Department of Transportation will be paying for 80 percent of the upgrade's cost.

Soules said the city has different options for repairing the dip.

The options will be presented to Lawrence residents at a public meeting sometime this month, though a date has not yet been selected.


Laura Wilson 12 years, 1 month ago

I'm not at all surprised. I drive over this every day. It's not only a dip in the intersection but then horrible bumpy pavement with a very close sidewalk and narrowing of the street once you're through the intersection heading north. And it's not people speeding. You can't drive safely anywhere near the speed limit. I slow down to at least 25 mph before I hit the bumps. I've seen trucks careen over them, swaying a lot so one jumping the curb is not a surprise at all. There are flowers there from where someone was obviously killed at some point in time.

Jon_Stewart 12 years, 1 month ago

Am I the only one that thinks the Lawrence DoT is a little insane? Sure, they fix a few things like this, but for the most part they do things that aren't important!

itsmecrkt 12 years, 1 month ago

the flowers are there from a few years ago when those frat boys got drunk, one of 'em stuck his head out the window and the driver lost control---decapitating the passenger.

jcsmom 12 years, 1 month ago

Why is it that the city only looks further in to fixing something after a child is hurt.

YourItalianPrincess 12 years, 1 month ago

It certainly shouldn't take them until next year to fix the problem. Its only April and next year seems so far away.

Fix the street issue before someone else is hurt.

KsTwister 12 years, 1 month ago

The Commission of 2004 voted to fund the fixing of that bump. This is 2006, don't hold your breath. Many accidents,near misses and deaths don't count.

YourItalianPrincess 12 years, 1 month ago

Thank you Pilgrim.....I had no idea there was so much involved here.

mandapanda 12 years, 1 month ago

I'm really surprised more accidents haven't occured there. I've been driving that daily for years and I still am a little shaky when driving over it. Especially if you're not paying attention the exact moment you hit the bump.

Rationalanimal 12 years, 1 month ago

"some people call it a bump, some people call it a dip." That's it? That's the best Lawrence has to offer as an explanation for the total deriliction of maintaining our streets. In case Charles Soules hasn't driven through Lawrence lately, the problem isn't just one bump (or as some people call it a dip), its the whole freakin street system. I try to do my part, I really do. But when I have to install full suspension on my beach cruiser bike to get around town, even the most mellow bong-filled-resin-heads have to say something.

If this is the great society Mayor Highberger has built, could I have a refund on my taxes for the last decade please? The streets around the entire community aren't just in need of repair, there in need of total replacement, NOW! Not a year from now. That's prime evidence of the problem. The only people that seem to benefit from Charles Soules bumps or dips are the auto repair shops. My suggestion is for the City to found a City sponsored repair shop to recaputure the windfall from the auto repairs caused by City managments gross, willful and wanton negligence. Instead of Lawrence being a pot haven, having DaDaDa whatever using up and wasting council members time, poor plumbing and sewers, snarled traffic at all hours, pervasive dilapidated roads, anti-growth and develpment mentality, I would rather just have a normal city.

Boog Highberger's great society, like every other, is an abissmal failure. The public works, development policies, stance on K-10 extension, traffic, pot policies, and last but not least, the ROADS, are just a few examples of this City Commissions and some key managers demonstration of incompetence. If Mike Wildgen wasn't getting things done and had to resign as a result, the City Commission should have resigned along with him. The whole point of having a city managment structure like Lawrence's is to have a body of accountable governors. Thus, if the finger of blame points anywhere, it should point to that body first. Conveniently Mr. Wildgen got the ax for the abissmal job the Commission shares responsibilities in.

Lawrence doesn't put up with mediocre men's basketball coaches (rumors abuzz that another quick exit in the tournament by Self will be fatal to his tenure here), why in the world do we put up with the depth and level of incompentence demonstrated by the likes of Boog Highberger and Charles Soules. Maybe legalized pot is a key compenent to the great society after all. If we're all reefed out all the time nobody will know the difference between a pothole, dip or a bump. Vodka worked great in communist Russia. But alas, I hit a pothole (bump or dip if your Charles Soules) drop my joint and burn a hole in my freakin pants. This is America afterall, I can at least get a cheap replacement at Wal-Mart. No thanks to the current City commission.


Richard Heckler 12 years, 1 month ago

There's the K-10/East Hills problem that the traffic safety asked KDOT to fix a few years back. The TSC requested flashing beacons, reduced speed limit and some major work on lanes. Years later and several accidents later KDOT has implied they may now have a plan.

Why is it KDOT can't authorize the City to fix the North Lawrence bump ASAP then simply cough up the dough. Too many tax cuts??? It does not take much at this bump to provide the illusion you may be losing control.

Then there is the intersection(?) at the soccer fields on the western leg that's in serious need of attention as well only to find out that it is not KDOT's agenda period. Although Comm Schauner did ask KDOT reps about it approximately 2 weeks ago...they will look into it. Several letters to the state have been written on this matter. KDOT should be taken to court for allowing this intersection to be approved as it is...what were they thinking about??

housewivesofamerica 12 years, 1 month ago

It is past time North Lawrence demanded that the city of Lawrence fix all the streets in North Lawrence. Most of North Lawrence have no sidewalks. Our kids have to walk to school in the street. Little old ladies have to walk their dogs in the street. The fire trucks have trouble turning corners because the streets are too narrow. To wait until October 2007 to even consider fixing this bump or dip is too late. Now is even too late for this poor boy laying in the hospital. How many more does the Lawrence commissioners want laying in hospitals or want laying in their graves before they will do their job? Maybe it is time to hold each one accountable in civil court and sue them individually for incompetency. Sueing all of them. It is time to call CNN and have this story put before the nation. Maybe then they will be embarrassed into fixing this dip, bump.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 12 years, 1 month ago

Gee, put a roundabout there. A small one like out by the lake, so the semi's and boat trailer's can't get around it. Outstanding planning you guys. Thank you, Lynn

Lawrence Burton 12 years, 1 month ago

I remember when 3RD and 2ND street was repaved. It was a problem a few months after that. So lets complain about the real problem. It is the large very heavy trucks that create problems in the road. Lets tell the truckers they can only enter Lawrence if the are under a certain weight. Every one should always exersise cation when driving. People forget they drive cars that weight 1.5 tons. Every time I drive down the street I see people in a hurry. Tailgating seems to be a norm. but I bet you have a fix for that also.

I love living in lawrence. I think that over all the city officials are doing a better than expected job. If all you people are always complaining. You must have all of the answer to all of the problems. Then why don't you fix it. Put your name on a card spend money so you can be mayor or the city planner. We can't blame the city for people being a little careless.

Anytime a person gets injured is a tragedy. I do feel bad for the kid and his parents. I hope his condition improves fast.

Richard Heckler 12 years, 1 month ago


Sue the state...KDOT. Had this "bump" been under city jurisdiction it likely would been altered long before now.

Before wanting sidewalks etc. you may want to check out the cost. Here is how it went for us:

Due to city right of way many front yards could be severely reduced. No sidewalks without new streets and gutters. The cost is then split between residents. The largest lots contribute the largest share of the expense.

Ultimately we declined based on cost and safety. The safety factor being that cars would travel faster on new smooth surfaces.

Until the last few years North Lawrence has been it's own little community. Growth has changed all of that and traffic has increased substantially.

bambam 12 years, 1 month ago

if the bump was at 6th and wakurusa it would have been fixed years ago.

htrodman 12 years, 1 month ago

very true bambam.....and if the city commission thinks N. Lawrence is like its own little community, maybe it is time for N. Lawrence to have its own city commission so as to have representation.

Lawrence Burton 12 years, 1 month ago

Lets just charge a toll for the use of the bridge.

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