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Archive for Monday, January 8, 2007

Traffic-calming devices may help pedestrians

January 8, 2007

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Bottom line

City commissioners will consider several recommendations from the Traffic Safety Commission, including a proposal to install traffic-calming devices on a portion of Ninth Street, and a new mid-block traffic light to allow pedestrians to more easily cross 11th Street.

Background

The new traffic-calming devices would be along Ninth Street and Eighth Street as it runs between Lawrence Avenue and Kasold Drive. Some neighbors in the area requested the devices because of the speed that vehicles were traveling on the street. The Traffic Safety Commission made no recommendation on whether the traffic-calming devices should be traffic circles, speed humps or something else, but estimated costs at $125,000. If approved by the City Commission, the project would be added to a list of more than a half-dozen traffic-calming projects that have been approved but have not received any funding from the commission. The mid-block traffic signal would be on 11th Street between New Jersey and New York streets. The request is supported by the East Lawrence Neighborhood Association, New York School PTO, the Boys & Girls Club, and other organizations to improve the safety of children who must cross the street. The signal has an estimated cost of $30,000.

Other business

Recognition

¢ Proclaim the week of Jan. 8-13 as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week.

Consent agenda

¢ Approve City Commission meeting minutes from Dec. 12 and Dec. 19 meetings.

¢ Receive minutes from various boards and commissions:

¢ Approve all claims.

¢ Approve licenses as recommended by the Department of Administrative Services.

¢ Approve appointments as recommended by the mayor.

¢ Bid and purchase items:

a.) Authorize the city manager to negotiate a contract for a professional services agreement with Dynatron Elevator Inc. to design and construct modifications to the Kaw Water Treatment Plant freight elevator

b.) Authorize the city manager to negotiate a contract for an engineering services agreement with BG Consultants Inc. to design the 14th and Tennessee Street Sanitary Sewer Replacement Project.

c.) Set bid date of Feb. 6 for the 24th and Crossgate/Harvard and Wakarusa Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project.

d.) Authorize the city manager to enter into an agreement with Actual Size Artworks to complete the Percent for Art project for Fire and Medical Station No. 4, for approximately $38,000.

¢ Adopt the following ordinances on first reading:

a.) Ordinance No. 8070, a joint ordinance/resolution of the city of Lawrence and the Douglas County Commission amending the Comprehensive Land Use Plan "Horizon 2020" pursuant to K.S.A. 12-747, by adopting text amendments revising Chapter 4 - Growth Management contained in Horizon 2020.

b.) Ordinance No. 8071, a joint ordinance/resolution of the city of Lawrence and the Douglas County Commission amending the Comprehensive Land Use Plan "Horizon 2020" pursuant to K.S.A. 12-747, by adopting text amendments revising Chapter 5 - Residential Land Use contained in Horizon 2020.

¢ Approve the following unanimous recommendations from the Traffic Safety Commission (TSC):

a.) Deny request for a multi-way stop at the intersection of 25th Terrace, Hampton Street and Kensington Road.

b.) Approve construction of traffic-calming devices along Ninth Street between Lawrence Avenue and Kasold Drive.

c.) Deny request to establish no parking along the south side of Ash Street between North Seventh Street and North Eighth Street.

¢ Authorize the mayor to sign corrected agreements with KDOT for City Connecting Links - maintenance on state highways within the city limits.

¢ Approve Comprehensive Plan amendment for CPA-2006-04, an amendment to Horizon 2020, Chapter 5 - Residential Land Use, to replace Figure 5-1, planning unit concept, with neighborhood concept developed by the Comprehensive Planning Committee.

¢ Approve, subject to conditions and use restrictions, a preliminary development plan for the Lawrence Humane Society, 1805 E. 19th St.

¢ Receive request from Lawrence Freenet for additional placement of wireless equipment on city-owned facilities.

¢ Receive city manager's report.

Regular agenda items

¢ Conduct public hearing to consider the adoption of a Neighborhood Revitalization Plan Program for the Eighth and Pennsylvania District.

¢ Receive staff report on domestic partner registry.

¢ Consider recommendation from the Traffic Safety Commission to establish no left turn from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday on Iowa Street at Orchard Lane, Oxford Road, Stratford Road and University Drive for a 90-day trial period.

¢ Consider recommendation from the Traffic Safety Commission to establish 30-minute parking on the north side of Ninth Street adjacent to 616 and 620 W. Ninth St. and 846 Ind.

¢ Consider recommendation from the Traffic Safety Commission to install a mid-block pedestrian-activated traffic signal on 11th Street between New Jersey and New York streets.

Comments

lawrencelady 7 years, 11 months ago

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cowboy 7 years, 11 months ago

Since you arent ever in my lifetime going to build any parkways , bypasses , enlarge any existing streets , just make the speed limit in lawrence 5 miles an hour everywhere , thats where youre heading anyway. Ostriches

James Hicks 7 years, 11 months ago

You're bitching to the wrong people lawrencelady. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. Sounds like you've got enough pent up animosity that if you bitched to the commission, you'd get calming devices approved too! Just remember approval without funding isn't much good!

conservative 7 years, 11 months ago

What a freaking waste of money.

If you don't like traffic on your street then you shouldn't live on a through street. I'm sure that there are a few who do drive too fast through there, but the appropriate answer is to start ticketing and not to spend this much money.

I've had the local teenagers drive too fast up my street before too (and I don't live on a through street). Maybe the city commission would like to waste some money putting traffic calming devices in my neighborhood too.

I am in favor of the stop light on 11th however. I've seen the mess the kids have to fight through going to and from school at that intersection. A stoplight is probably the correct solution.

lynnd 7 years, 11 months ago

I'm in favor of something on 11th to assist kids in crossing the street.

But a mid-block signal? That means they're crossing at the alley. This is going to cause a lot of confusion for drivers who aren't used to seeing signals at an alleyway. Also, how many kids are going to walk half a block each way out of their way to cross at the light?

Why not put it AT 11th and NY instead of at the alley?

shirinisb 7 years, 11 months ago

excuse my ignorance cool,

why hip hop?

bearded_gnome 7 years, 11 months ago

why "mid-block" on 11th? put the light at new jersey or new york. there's a stop sign at CT, and sometimes the traffic backs up a bit there; putting a light at new york would be too close for that, or would the stop sign be removed with the installation of the light?

remember, the TSC has our lovely "broken streets" Merrill on it, who believes that broken streets serve a purpose as passive traffic calming devices.

Adrienne Sanders 7 years, 11 months ago

How can they know how much it's going to cost when they don't even know what it will be yet, FGS?

Emily Hadley 7 years, 11 months ago

To those who are so shocked at these traffic requests, the purpose of these meetings is that if you are interested, you GO and present ideas there. These are usually requests from concerned people in their own neighborhood. If you don't think parking cars in front of your house are safe for some reason, you put together an argument and you go down and say it. These aren't exactly the lobbied decisions of bigwigs.

To answer bearded gnome's question, the current crosswalk is on the east side of New York street, the side near New Jersey. NY school fills the whole block between NY and NJ, and the playground and building exits allow kids to walk directly south on either street. This mid-block light would prevent pedestrians from having to watch for turning traffic from New York and New Jersey (how many times have you almost been hit by a car turning on Mass St. when you have a walk signal?) and allow cars on NY & NJ streets to avoid dealing with the light unless they turn that way. The purpose of the light is to slow traffic only on 11th St, though it seems that at peak times it could back up 11th St traffic to NY and NJ pretty well. Then again, if they couldn't go 50, maybe there wouldn't be so much through traffic.

The crosswalk that is there should, in theory, do what this light will, which is to get people to STOP when there are little kids trying to cross the street in the crosswalk. Widening and repainting the crosswalk, new fluorescent signs, and even warning signs have not come close to getting people to stop careening around kids in the crosswalk. I think even a crosswalk guard would be in physical danger from all the Mack trucks that cut through on 11th. I think this light will help.

On one last meeting note, I lost a friend to a speeding traffic accident on that tight, curvy stretch between 9th and Lawrence Ave and 8th and Kasold, and have seen several other terrible accidents there as well. I think that any change there would be long overdue.

budwhysir 7 years, 11 months ago

I feel so calm walking down mass street in the evening. I find that when I encounter the large crowds flowing from the bars, it has no effect on me at all.

I find that we should have pink sidewalks and yellow trees. These colors seem to be calming to ones mental state.

james bush 7 years, 11 months ago

Does anyone know if an anti-roundabout group exists? There really needs to be one! Speed bumbs are the answer to slow the traffic in residential areas and well-designed traffic signal systems in retail commercial areas.

Godot 7 years, 11 months ago

Obviously, someone who resides in the basement of a house near 8th and Kasold has a great deal of influence with the traffic safety board.

bearded_gnome 7 years, 11 months ago

being a pedestrian often myself, irreality-check mischaracterizes my post!

I am concerned that putting such a light in there, beside the mid-block question, could squeeze more east-west drivers off 11th into the neighborhood on to 12th or 10th, even perhaps 13th. the changes proposed for that 9th st. extension could have a similar impact. are the drivers there on w. 9th because iowa is too congested, or 6th to congested? maybe a better solution would be to improve timing of lights on these major streets so people wouldn't find it so attractive to cut through the neighborhood, on either proposed site.

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