To the editor:
We live south of 23rd Street on 1600 Road. With increased eastbound traffic moving at 65 mph, 1600 Road traffic wanting to go west on Kansas Highway 10 has to cross two eastbound lanes of traffic.
If a slow-moving high-profile vehicle is approaching the corner in the outside lane, it can "hide" a fast-moving car in the inside lane. Crossing traffic must clear two lanes of eastbound traffic and "land on the island" or wait and pick a spot to fit into westbound traffic. What appears to be enough time to cross in front of the outside lane of traffic may not be if a vehicle in that lane is hiding a fast-moving vehicle in the inside lane about to "T-bone" crossing traffic.
I was hit on the rear bumper last week. Had I not jumped on the gas, I would have been hit in the door or at least in the side. Just had a small scrape on the bumper, but it could have been fatal. After you get to the island you have to try to outrun 65 mph westbound traffic. The same problem with eastbound K-10 traffic entering from 1600 Road is that the 65 mph traffic will overrun you before you can get up to speed.
The speed limit needs to be reduced to 45 mph both directions from at least 1650 road or LRM to Harper Street.
Please see what you can do to correct these problems before someone is killed or injured.
Charles R. Bauer