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Archive for Monday, September 4, 2006

Intersection may get pedestrian sign

September 4, 2006

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Bottom line

City commissioners will consider installing extra reminders of how motorists should treat pedestrians at 19th and Tennessee streets. The commission is being asked to approve the installation of a "no turn on red when pedestrians are present" sign at the intersection.

Background

The city's Traffic Safety Commission is recommending installation of the sign. A report found that from 2003 to 2005 there were three accidents involving pedestrians at the intersection.

Other business

Proclamations

¢ Proclaim Sept. 48 as National Payroll Week.

¢ Proclaim Sept. 8 as International Literacy Day.

¢ Proclaim Sept. 8-Oct. 7 as Indian Arts Show Days in Lawrence.

¢ Proclaim Sept. 1016 Suicide Prevention Week.

¢ Proclaim Sept. 1723 Constitution Week.

¢ Proclaim September as Life Insurance Awareness Month.

Consent agenda

¢ Approve City Commission meeting minutes from Aug. 22.

¢ Receive minutes from various boards and commissions.

¢ Approve all claims, recommended licenses and appointments.

¢ Bid and purchase items:

a.) Approve purchase of approximately 44 acres south of the Kansas Turnpike and north of 1750 Road for the sanitary sewer pump station No. 48 project in the amount of $585,100.

b.) Award purchase of one large-format digital reprographic imaging machine for the Public Works Department to Drexel Technologies for $15,045 plus maintenance costs.

c.) Award New Hampshire Street improvements between Sixth Street and Ninth Street to R.D. Johnson Excavating, in the amount of $267,229.90.

d.) Approve funding request of $20,190 for the Waterwise Program for fourth-graders in Lawrence public schools for the 2006-2007 school year.

¢ Adopt on first reading Ordinance No. 8033, allowing the temporary sale, possession and consumption of alcoholic liquor Oct. 6 on Eighth Street from Massachusetts Street to New Hampshire Street as part of "Get Downtown."

¢ Adopt the following resolutions:

a.) Resolution No. 6679, declaring 1144 R.I. environmentally blighted, ordering the property owner to remove the blight within 20 days.

b.) Resolution No. 6680, amending Section 1 of Resolution No. 6674 to authorize the sale of general obligation temporary notes, Series 2006-I and general obligation bonds, Series 2006-A.

¢ Approve unanimous recommendation from the Traffic Safety Commission for the following:

a.) Deny request to establish no parking along the south side of Trail Road between Monterey Way and Sierra Drive.

b.) Establish traffic control on the Kansas University campus per request.

c.) Establish stop signs on Stockade Street at Stetson Drive.

¢ Approve license agreement with the KU Alumni Association to place a sign in the right of way approximately 14 feet west of the property line at 1266 Oread Ave.

¢ Accept dedication of easements and rights of way on the following plats:

a.) Final plat for Oregon Trail Addition. The property is north of U.S. Highway 40 and east of George Williams Way. This residential subdivision contains 123 single-family and multifamily residential lots.

b.) Final plat for Stephens-Noller Addition, a one-lot industrial subdivision on the southwest corner of Research Park Drive and Bob Billings Parkway.

c.) Final plat for Loges Addition. The property is on the northwest corner of Queens Road and Overland Drive. This residential subdivision contains 142 single-family and multifamily lots.

¢ Approve as "signs of community interest" 15 directional signs placed in various rights of way that will notify the public of the Brewgrass 2006 Festival.

¢ Approve Friends of the Library Book Sale signs.

¢ Receive city manager's report.

Regular agenda

¢ Consider recommendation from the Traffic Safety Commission to post "no turn on red when pedestrians are present" at 19th Street and southbound Tennessee Street.

¢ Consider recommendation from the Traffic Safety Commission to construct mountable medians and a "left turn yield" sign on the eastbound approach to 11th Street and Haskell Avenue.

Comments

Richard Heckler 8 years, 3 months ago

These requests are generated by citizens, the city commission,downtown Lawrence,neighborhood associations or perhaps a business. The Traffic Safety Commission does not pick and choose its' agenda. Once again the agenda is driven primarily by citizens and/or neighborhoods. Yes there might be equally important intersections however citizens must request their locations be considered on the agenda.

Whether it be round--abouts,speed limits,cross walks, signage,obstacles blocking view etc etc it is the state and feds that provide guidelines of which are provided to Traffic Safety Commissioners for each and every item on the agenda.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 3 months ago

Contact the Traffic Safety Engineer:

6 East 6th 66044

or call 832-3034 concerning an item for the Traffic Safety Commission.

Written correspondence is best for all concerned.

gaiapapaya 8 years, 3 months ago

Great. The city wants to slow traffic turning off of 11th going east, once everyone is past the school crossing and "crosswalk" that kids use. Lots of people cross the street at 11th and Haskell (not).

bearded_gnome 8 years, 3 months ago

wow man, life insurance to suicide! they just don't miss a trick.

parsimoniousjayhawker 8 years, 3 months ago

I think it's ridiculous to put another sign up to further confuse motorist at an intersection. Study after study has shown these signs are more of a distraction than education. There is already a law requiring motorsists to yield to pedestrians, why do we need to put a sign up at this intersection. It baffles me how one citizen's complaint. albeit, this request came from the now defunct Pedestrian Safety Committee, can muster enough support for this without the Traffic Engineer's conducting a study. City Commissioner's, please reject this profer as it will not serve any purpose in promoting Traffic Safety.

CeeCee 8 years, 3 months ago

I drive through the intersection of 19th and Tennessee about 4 or 5 times a day. Before and after school there are a few kids walking through there.

We need to teach our kids how to use a crosswalk and follow the 'walk' and 'don't walk' signs. Ever been at 19th and Louisanna after LHS dismisses for the day? They will walk diagonally through the intersection.

BTW~ Anyone know why there is no longer a crossing guard at 19th and Mass?

bearded_gnome 8 years, 3 months ago

pssssst...you just did...that M'guy up thar is on the TSC, and believes that broken streets serve as passive traffic calming devices! how's that. geeez I hope the TSC/safety wackos don't get ahold of your Seattle post!!!!!!

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