Archive for Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Traffic forecasting study considered

November 7, 2006


Douglas County commissioners want to prepare for increasing traffic south of Lawrence and the need for improved east-west roadways and new bridges.

Next year might be a good time to set aside money to pay for a study to determine which roads are likely to become major thoroughfares, commissioners said Monday.

"To me, the plan to start is a vision," Commissioner Charles Jones said. "I don't think we can afford to wait."

That includes not waiting to find out what happens with the long-stalled completion of the last leg of the South Lawrence Trafficway. That SLT section would skirt the southern outskirts of Lawrence east of U.S. Highway 59 and connect to Kansas Highway 10.

Traffic, especially truck traffic coming from the south, will seek routes to avoid Lawrence and connect with K-10, Commissioner Bob Johnson said. That traffic will increase as the new Highway 59 is completed, he said. The $235 million, four-lane Highway 59 project through Franklin and Douglas counties is supposed to be completed by 2012.

A study should identify where key arterial roadways would be so the county can look at what additional right-of-way land should be obtained, Johnson said.


BrianR 11 years, 7 months ago

Traffic starts picking up after 6:00 am. It is steady throughout the day and increases again in the late afternoon-early evening.

On game days all bets are off.

People don't use turn signals correctly most of the time, if they use them at all.

Highway 59 is safe, it's the drivers that are dangerous. People drive too fast and they talk on their mobile phones too much.

Being from the east coast, I do not see a traffic problem in Lawrence or really in the entire midwest for that matter. Until the traffic jam stretches from Haskell Avenue to Metcalf Ave., there's not a problem and yes, I've been in a traffic jam that long.

This has been your traffic forecast for Tuesday, November 7, 2006. Drive carefully and have a wonderful day.

Michael McClain 11 years, 7 months ago

BrianR- Good study... get your name in for the money the county will spend for this service because they don't have enough common sense to figure this out on their own. The county commision is no different than the city commision.

Richard Heckler 11 years, 7 months ago

By Stacy Mitchell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance originally published in Portland Press Herald, July 8, 2001

By a nearly 2-1 margin, Belfast voters recently endorsed a measure to limit new retail stores to no more than 75,000 square feet. The law will keep Wal-Mart, Home Depot, and other "big box" retailers out of the community.

The Belfast vote is part of a growing nationwide movement. In the last few years alone, more than 100 cities and towns have rejected big box stores.

Grassroots groups dedicated to halting retail sprawl and strengthening local businesses are springing up around the country. In Belfast, a citizen coalition known as Belfast First helped build support for the size limit.

The group has counterparts in dozens of other communities, including Friends of Flagstaff's Future in Flagstaff, Ariz., the Main Street Defense Fund in Northfield, Minn., and the 5 and 10 Coalition in Hatfield, Mass.

The dramatic rise of chain stores and decline of local businesses over the last decade is not simply the result of market forces. It is a trend that has been aided in no small part by public policy.

Land use and zoning rules often encourage auto-oriented development on the outskirts of town, while undermining central business districts. Local and state governments frequently provide multimillion-dollar subsidies to lure big box stores, but deny assistance to local merchants.

An increasing number of communities are adopting policies that support, rather than undermine, locally owned businesses and healthy downtowns.


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