To the editor:
In reference to your recent article about the speed limit on West Sixth Street, Wakarusa to Kansas Highway 10, I would like to offer my opinion.
I use this street twice a day, five days a week. Leaving in the afternoon and returning around 11:30 p.m.
Let's keep in mind this is a newly constructed, very wide, nice, safe road. Directly adjacent to this street there are no schools, residences or businesses. The one thing conspicuously absent as well is construction, i.e. "work zone." I haven't seen a contractor there in months!
The speed limit signs (40 mph) are not your average everyday signs you're accustomed to seeing. They are about two-thirds the average size with a small orange tab on top titled "work zone." Are we to understand that KDOT has designated this street as a "permanent" work zone or what?
Why doesn't the contractor, when present and working, just put out the temporary caution signs we're all accustomed to and remove them when done.
I think the speed limit on this street should be 45 mph at the minimum and remove the infamous double-your-fine "work zone" signs. It's very disconcerting to see three patrol cars lurking in the dark at 11:30 p.m. waiting to pounce on the unsuspecting when they should be out in the neighborhoods suppressing crime.
Gary S. Gill,