Archive for Monday, May 22, 2006

K-10 hazard

May 22, 2006


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



Richard Heckler 11 years, 9 months ago

With all due respect Mr. Bauer the problem may be that drivers are not traveling at 65 mph but more like 75-80 mph. Agreed 65 mph at that location has become unacceptable specifically at rush hours.

Your reduction in speed request will unfortunately require the authorization of KDOT. KDOT has heard plenty from Lawrence about this location.

KsTwister 11 years, 9 months ago

But roundabouts is where the city puts the money...our money. Since they patched Johnny's Bump they still should have a 2 mil left to fix this,right?

Richard Heckler 11 years, 9 months ago

Ks Twister,

Wrong on your assumption. This is KDOT jurisdiction which leaves the city and/or county helpless. KDOT authority requires KDOT funding if necessary for such things as more lanes to deal with East Hills Business Park and the cement factory. The cement factory probaly should be required to use an intersection.

Todd 11 years, 9 months ago

I drive that route every weekday on my commute. A good compromise of speed and safety would be a frontage road. Hopefully the solution won't be to just add a stop light.

KsTwister 11 years, 9 months ago

There is a big one out by the Clinton Dam that doesn't get much action except for an occasional stuck boat.

Pro_Lawrence 11 years, 9 months ago

This road needs to have its speed limit reduced to 45 MPH from the Douglas County line in and to the Johnson County line heading east. It also needs a toll booth for all leaving town like the commuters and people who don't shop local. Charge a quarter for every car leaving town. It will generate $150,000 a month!

We've got the numbers, we've taken over, and we are organized! Let's make it happen.

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