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Archive for Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Street light blocked traffic on Clinton Parkway near Crestline Drive; traffic now flowing

December 3, 2008, 9:30 a.m. Updated December 3, 2008, 10:11 a.m.

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Workers from Westar Energy along with Lawrence Douglas County Fire and Medical remove a light pole around 9:45 a.m in the eastbound lane of Clinton Parkway just west of Iowa Street on Wednesday.

Workers from Westar Energy along with Lawrence Douglas County Fire and Medical remove a light pole around 9:45 a.m in the eastbound lane of Clinton Parkway just west of Iowa Street on Wednesday.

A street light was blocking traffic on Clinton Parkway near Crestline Drive earlier this morning.

Traffic flow has been restored

City utility crews and Lawrence police officers were on the scene, and had asked for barricades to be erected while repairs were made and the street light was removed.

The light was blocking the eastbound lane when it fell, but both east and westbound lanes were blocked while the light was removed from traffic.

Some vehicles were able to drive beneath the fallen stop light — but others, including a school bus — had to wait for the light to be removed.

There was no immediate word on what caused the light to fall.

Comments

misseve 5 years, 8 months ago

Was the light hit by the school bus that was also within the barricade? Did the winds knock it over... How is this breaking if you have nothing to tell us.... ALSO there were city workers were the ones keeping traffic off the road not the cops. I just left the area heading west.

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feaguru 5 years, 8 months ago

Thanks for reporting this right away. Even though you do not have every detail such as was the light using LEDs to save energy, were the corrosion allowances overlooked during the initial design calculations allowing for the use of thinner materials and causing premature failure to the post supports, or did a clown car filled not with clowns, but clown fish, swerve off the road (since fish cannot drive that well) and hit the post, I still appreciate knowing this information right away so I can avoid this area. Thanks again, LJW.

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weatherguy48 5 years, 8 months ago

Stupid intersection doesn't even need a light anyways.

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jrlii 5 years, 8 months ago

Bad headline writer! Bad! That was a signal light, better known as a stoplight.Street lights light the street, stoplights control the flow of traffic. Different things entirely.

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gsxr600 5 years, 8 months ago

weatherguy48 (Anonymous) says…"Stupid intersection doesn't even need a light anyways."Considering that is the intersection of the KU Park & Ride lot I think it is necessary. While there is not a consistent high volume of flow throughout the day, when class gets out and people leave the lot, it can get busy. And with the highest admissions in school history and the continued limitability of parking on campus, the Park & Ride lot will only get busier. Dur.

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Bubarubu 5 years, 8 months ago

Its was not a signal light. It was a street light, and both are necessary at that intersection. I got there shortly after 9 when the bus was still stuck. The Public Works truck that arrived just in front of me did nothing to control traffic. They just stopped in the right hand lane (just outside of the turn lane from outbound Iowa) and the guy on the passenger side hopped out and wandered around for a while. The fool woman in a minivan who thought the best choice was to turn around and try to get back to the light going the wrong way came awfully close to hitting three cars.

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persevering_gal 5 years, 8 months ago

Haha, this is so dumb you have to laugh. I love the comment about the street light jumping out in front of the car, and whether or not if the clown fish driving a car ran into the stoplight. I can't wait for tomorrow's breaking news!!

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Chris Ogle 5 years, 7 months ago

Breaking News.... It was a blind bird in flight without his assist goose. Tough call !!!

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