Archive for Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Intersection’s makeover mapped out

October 16, 2007


Intersection of 19th and Louisiana streets to be improved

Improvements to the intersection of 19th and Louisiana streets are on the way. City leaders held an open house tonight to inform residents how the project will affect their daily commute. Enlarge video

Traffic around the busy intersection of 19th and Louisiana streets will be rerouted next summer as the area gets a makeover designed to ease congestion and increase safety.

City employees on Monday answered questions at an open house at Lawrence High School. More than 50 area residents dropped by.

"I haven't heard any objections tonight," said Chuck Soules, the city's public works director.

The bulk of the project is set to take place between June 1 and July 31. While some water line work could begin before June 1, Soules said the major parts of the project will take place in June and July. Nineteenth Street will be closed between Alabama and Ohio streets during the project. And traffic will not be able to flow from Louisiana Street onto 19th Street.

Once completed, there will be turning lanes on 19th Street on both sides of the intersection. There will be sidewalks along both sides of the 19th Street.

The project also includes the construction of a bus lane on the west side of Louisiana Street. And left-hand turns from 19th Street onto Louisiana Street will require a green turn arrow.

The project is expected to cost between $800,000 and $900,000, with the state picking up about 20 percent of the tab, Soules said. The school district will spend about $86,000 for the bus turnoff lane along Louisiana Street.

Soules said he didn't hear from any naysayers Monday, but residents did come with questions about how the project would affect their property and disrupt their summer.

Phil Miller, who owns property at the corner of 19th and Indiana streets, came to learn the fate of his fence on the north side of 19th Street.

"I thought that probably I'd lose it, but they've assured me that all work will be outside of the fence," he said.

Miller said he approves of the project.

"I think there's a problem at the corner of Louisiana and 19th streets, and that's what this is all about," he said. "The problem being not enough room. It's a very busy corner, especially at high traffic hours. I think that there's been some problems there and maybe a few wrecks and so forth. I just believe that this will alleviate that."

Valerie Foos, who lives on Louisiana Street, said she was concerned about accessing her driveway while the work is under way.

"We think it's an excellent idea, but we were worried about how we would get out of our driveway and continue to use Louisiana Street, and they assured us there wouldn't be a problem with that," she said.

Some residents had questions about easements.

"We're trying to have as little impact on the area (as possible) other than improving the street," Soules said.


Richard Heckler 6 years, 6 months ago

Ahhh yes the hidden costs of growth....


pace 6 years, 6 months ago

Goes back to George Williams and a petty fight with the owner of the house 19th. and La. Should of been fixed right them. George didn't buy the house, he just ruined it.

The laundromat is not for the school it serves the neighborhood. It is a good service.

The intersection is not all right. north bound turn lanes would drive the traffic to campus probably making Indiana wild with its' goofy bizarre unmanagagle turn/round abouts. The south bound turn lanes on both sides are a good idea.


dirkleisure 6 years, 6 months ago

"And left-hand turns from 19th Street onto Louisiana Street will require a green turn arrow."

Green only left hand turns are completely inappropriate for this interection and its traffic levels.


stuckinthemiddle 6 years, 6 months ago

There's nothing wrong with that intersection as is... I drive through it everyday...


consumer1 6 years, 6 months ago

I think the entire intersection need to be moved west to utilize some of the space in front of the high school. Take out the Laundrymat, which is a problem for the schoo anyway and expand the whole interstection to handle future traffic as well. Actually the yellow house on the S.E. corner and the laundry should be obtained through eminent domain and the whole intersection VASTLY IMPROVED


lunacydetector 6 years, 6 months ago

shouldn't the school district be picking up the tab for this? if it was a business, they'd have to pickup the whole thing or the majority of its cost.


Pywacket 6 years, 6 months ago

They'll still have a problem at rush hours in that vicinity unless they mark left and right turn arrows on the "OUT ONLY" driveway from LHS (the driveway closest to the intersection).

A major source of congestion is the idiots who get into the right side of that driveway and sit there for 10 minutes waiting to turn left onto busy 19th. Meanwhile, everyone who needs to turn right out of the lot has to sit behind the moron.

It's a wide driveway, and--again--it is one way--out only--so when left-turning vehicles use the left side and right-turning ones can get out, it isn't that bad. The "one way" nature of the driveway is clearly marked and most of these people didn't just drop into Lawrence off a turnip truck that afternoon, so there's really no excuse for left turners to obstruct the right side. For the most part, these are students and parents who are at the school every day.

I'm sure there would still be a few who would be hopeless no matter what was done, since some are doing it out of gross inconsideration rather than mere ignorance, but arrows painted on the driveway would surely help with some of them (the ones who have to have TGIF printed on their socks to get dressed in the morning).


Alfred_W 6 years, 6 months ago

I'm disappointed that a roundabout wasn't included...


alm77 6 years, 6 months ago

YaY for actual solutions to actual problems!!


50YearResident 6 years, 6 months ago

When driving on Louisiana northbound and turning right onto 19th st. the turn is extremely sharp. The corner needs to be rounded off and widened to give drivers more room to make that turn without drifting into the westbound lane of 19th st.


consumer1 6 years, 6 months ago

Phil Miller, who owns property at the corner of 19th and Indiana streets, came to learn the fate of his fence on the north side of 19th Street.

"I thought that probably I'd lose it, but they've assured me that all work will be outside of the fence," Phil, this is just my thoughts, but, if they move the street/sidewalk any closer to your fence, you will still be losing your fence. Don't forget about city right of way, I think it is 13 feet from the curb. So, if they do move the street in further, you may lose your fence. I haven't seen it so I don't know. Just a thought.


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