Archive for Tuesday, July 29, 2008

City begins installing speed cushions on Lawrence Avenue

Lawrence city leaders are adding traffic calming devices to two sections of the city.

July 29, 2008


Slow down, or the city will help.

The City of Lawrence is scheduled to begin work Tuesday on one of two traffic-calming projects this summer.

City contractors will install speed cushions on Lawrence Avenue, which will close the street to traffic from Ninth Street to Harvard Road for at least two weeks. People living along the street will have access to their driveways during the project.

People living near Lawrence Avenue requested that the speed cushions be installed to help slow down traffic on the street. The project will cost the city about $16,000.

Later this summer, the city also plans to install a raised crosswalk at 18th and Louisiana streets.


KURocks 8 years ago

I hope they are not the same speed cushions they installed on Harvard. You know the ones, where you don't have to slow down if you drive in the tracks.

Bladerunner 8 years ago

I cant think of any school girls near 23rd and Alabama. Whatever could he be up to?

bearded_gnome 8 years ago

meanwhile, we have to vote to increase sales taxes to get streets repaired? the devices will squeeze more traffic into neighborhoods. and, we stillhave one third of our streets broken and lousy sidewalks!how much fixing would $16K do? note there's still the 1100-block of penn, among a dozen other blocks that are disgraceful!

blessed3x 8 years ago

Speed Cushions are raised rubber "mats" that are placed in the traveled lane. They work in much the same way as a traditional "speed hump" for cars and pickups but are designed to be "straddled" for larger, emergency vehicles like firetrucks and ambulances. They are a relatively inexpensive and non-permanent solution to a speeding issue. In my experience "Children at Play" signs, reduced speed limits, and other passive means of reducing speeding simply do not work very effectively or for very long. The only truly effective means of reducing speeding is either more frequent police patrolling (VERY expensive) or some type of speed hump, speed cushion, raised crosswalk, chicanes, traffic circles, etc... For more information and some interesting pictures, go to the Traffic Logix website. The biggest drawback to the speed cushions is that they have a limited lifespan. It depends on the company, but most have a lifespan of 5-10 years.

trinity 8 years ago

i had to click on this article just to find out what the duece a "speed cushion" is; i'm leaving no more enlightened than when i came. :-/

Richard Heckler 8 years ago

Traffic calming devices are new to Lawrence but not new to KCMO,Tulsa or many other cities.

thebigspoon 8 years ago

attention! white owl sighting at 23rd and Alabama

1Patriot 8 years ago

"Paint" $20.00 dollar bills along the road. That'll slow drivers down!

killjoy 8 years ago

Get rid of the residents on Lawrence Ave. Raise the speed limit!!!

Richard Heckler 8 years ago

The many Harvard Street neighborhood residents spent a good deal of time on this project in order to make the best possible choices. Our traffic safety engineer and the residents worked together.

bad_dog 8 years ago

Stop signs every 100 feet on Lawrence Ave. would both slow traffic and enhance the local economy by sending cars to mechanics to replace brakes, rotors, clutches, etc. It's not right that only front end alignment and tire shops get all the gravy from the other great Lawrence traffic calming device-moon crater pot holes. Better yet, toll gates every 100 feet! Now wasn't that easy?

nobody1793 8 years ago

I don't know. I think the potholes and bumpy roads slow me down enough as it is.

CrazyDiamond 8 years ago

We can thank ourselves (citizens of Lawrence as a whole) for being to self absorbed to drive with any courtesy for others or to have any regard for the law (posted speed limits). We would much rather complain about traffic devices and their cost than adjust our behavior. And no, I don't live on Lawrence Ave.

Richard Heckler 8 years ago

"People living near Lawrence Avenue requested that the speed cushions be installed to help slow down traffic on the street. The project will cost the city about $16,000."Thank the city commission for stepping up to the plate to do something about speeding traffic. Over the years the city commission has been generally responsive to neighborhood requests. Good job!Thank the city commission who are the ultimate approving body in the city Again thank the city commission for stepping up to the plate to do something about speeding traffic. It is the speeding and careless drivers through neighborhoods that bring about requests from the neighborhoods. The city performs speed checks to determine whether or not the percentcile of speeding traffic warrants such action. Speed controls are far less expensive than the LPD budget by a substantial margin. Based on that this was a fiscal responsible decision. Thanks again City Commission.

bearded_gnome 8 years ago

well,merrill raises his reptilian head. last tuesday at the commission meeting he looked like he was approaching senility! just because the neighbors requested it is no defense! did it cross your stilted mind that maybe people speed through there because of the proliferation of other traffic constipating devices they're trying to avoid! harvard is a prime example. wow,50-year-res TOB informed, et al, very good on this! you know, to follow merrill's own posting history on here, the city shouldn't buy these thingys, and instead should cause potholes to form in the area. he has said that broken streets serve a desirable function as traffic calming devices.and, he's said that power outages are good because they force energy conservation. he is on the traffic safety commission but actually opposes driving. is it possible that all these devices represent a plan (as he would say "a backdoor plan") to force people to drive less? he has opposed finishing the SLT, because people would actually drive on it!

50YearResident 8 years ago

They City could get a double benefit here by shoving the couch coushions into the potholes. A double benefit for drivers as well.

jonas 8 years ago

fu7il3 (Anonymous) says:"attention! white owl sighting at 23rd and Alabama"White Owl is a speed cushion?"Well, only when he lays down in the street. Which you can't deny is not implausible. I've been thinking about installing some speed cushions on my couch. For my cats.

trinity 8 years ago

well! so now i know what speedcushions are! sigh my day is complete. and this thread gave me a much needed laugh this afternoon! 50 you're priceless! and informed-damn funny, lmao! :D

50YearResident 8 years ago

"Speed Cushions ????" Maybe a better name might be "Traffic obstacles" or "Auto Damage Bumps" or "Auto Repair Shop Delights" All for only $16000 YoHoo!

50YearResident 8 years ago

Trinity, I think they take some old couch cushions and scatter them in the middle of the road. ;- ]

OnlyTheOne 8 years ago

Another waste of taxpayer's money.Lawrence leaders you're the best!

smartmomma 8 years ago

FInally something to slow those idiots down.

blackhawkx 8 years ago

Or better yet why not add spike strips. Sure it might blow out all the tires of every car that passes through it, but the benefits of slowing traffic far outweigh the cons right?

Richard Heckler 8 years ago

What is good about the traffic calming devices is that they are on duty 24/7. -----------------------"did it cross your stilted mind that maybe people speed through there because of the proliferation of other traffic constipating devices they're trying to avoid!"If they are forcing drivers to avoid said equipped streets the objective is being met.A new police officer would cost a minimum of 4 times the cost of a traffic bump each year on the equipment. -------------"just because the neighbors requested it is no defense!"Of course it is! It's the residents safety that is being compromised. Cut through traffic is a real problemin Lawrence neighborhoods.-------------"you know, to follow merrill's own posting history on here, the city shouldn't buy these thingys, and instead should cause potholes to form in the area."I've never said any such are making this one up.------------ "he has said that broken streets serve a desirable function as traffic calming devices."I've never said any such thing. I have said rough streets are good traffic calming devices which makes sense. If it works for the residents in a block why should anyone else care?--------------All the traffic safety commission does is determine whether or not a situation warrants whatever is requested. The Traffic Safety Commission cannot alter the request. All Traffic Safety Commission decisions must be approved by the city commission. DOT,KDOT and city guidelines are provided.---------------"he has opposed finishing the SLT, because people would actually drive on it!*" I've never said any such thing. I oppose it because of the wetlands and its' value to the community because of its' water holding capacity,home to wildlife and because of its' dollars and sense value as a natural flood control thereby saving taxpayers millions upon millions in flood control expenditures.I also see the SLT as a pork barrel project for local developers not to mention its' location renders it obsolete due to growth therefore the 30 year old plan is obsolete.The $200,000,000 boondoggle and likely more is too much to spend for empT cars. One person per car is empT. Cars are very expensive to taxpayers...wayyyyyyyy more so than the T.Developers and cars are two very expensive budget items. Both want roads. More streets = more cars = more people = more tax increases.

fu7il3 8 years ago

"attention! white owl sighting at 23rd and Alabama"White Owl is a speed cushion?

Janis Pool 8 years ago

They need another one where the crosswalk use to be by Deerfield.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 8 years ago

"traffic-calming... speed cushions"What oxish moron conceived that?

KsTwister 8 years ago

And when they get covered with ice and cause an accident it will the city in court again. The lousy road is traffic calming enough by itself. What logic???!! More tax money wasted.

letsgetwise 8 years ago

I thought Law. Ave was posted at 25mph? How much slower should people go? AND, as long as "they're" looking at areas that people speed through, watch the traffic from 6th - 9th on Schwarz Road sometime. My mother lives in there, and we have watched maniacs come racing through there time and time again! I have not seen any cars going on Law.Ave as fast as I've seen on Schwarz. Doesn't mean it doesn't happen, but if it's posted at 25mph, then ticket the speeders. Also...whoever said something about the streets that still need repairs, I'm with you. I think there are streets in this town that NEVER get fixed. I have seen Iowa and Clinton Pkwy. get repaved several times over, and I know there are numerous streets that are just ridiculous.

KsTwister 8 years ago

Talk about stupid. Lawrence Avenue to Harvard has cars parked on both sides of the road, an entry street from Stevens Drive, a stop sign at Harvard and so in one two block area(9th to Harvard) you spend $16k on speed bumps. You have to be kidding. You could not go above 35 mph there if you wanted to. Who dreams this S### up? Look for yourself is what I think. The city puts in the speed bumps at $5,000 and pockets the rest for pet projects.

bearded_gnome 8 years ago

whoa!merrill/Richard heckler really outdoes himself!he admits that if these squeeze traffic out into smaller streets that's just fine! his claim that the residents asked for it so they should get it: with our money! no concept of considering the needs of the entire city, or its budget! the residents aren't traffic engineers. and all of your words on this make it plain that you care not one bit about people being able to get from one side of town to the other without taking a large amount of time, experiencing traffic congestion, in the process. and, yes, merrill, you're banking people won't look it up: with reference to the 700-block of new york you did say that the broken street wasn't all bad, it provided a passive traffic calming device. your algebra about the SLT, only proves my point, you are in fact actually against people driving. you've made that point more than once in your eco maundering. I do understand how you might forget what you've posted, as you're looking like you're not tracking too well anymore. you say nothing about your advocacy of power outages promoting energy did say that too! you want us to live a third -world existence.

bearded_gnome 8 years ago

further from Merrill/richard heckler's maunderings:If they are forcing drivers to avoid said equipped streets the objective is being met.he thinks it is good that people are being squeezed by the traffic constipating devices, squeezed into taking other routes which would include cutting through on smaller, supposedly low-traffic streets. and, then, later in the same post he says that "cut through" traffic is a serious problem. those two statements do not add up! further, his own "the objective is being met" is forcing more people to cut through! merrill, you are absolutely incredible. absolutely incredible!sometime, just read back, or listen, to what you say some time.

KsTwister 8 years ago

If the city commissioners don't drive this stretch of road and take an actual look before signing that check they are as gullible as the taxpayers that live here. As I said before, you could not drive that stretch safely at 35mph let alone above that.

Godot 8 years ago

The speed cushions are being installled between ninth and Harvard on Lawrence Ave.Harvard is otherwise known as 10th Street. There is a stop sign at 9th and Lawrence, and one at Harvard/10th street and Lawrence. One block , with stop signs at either end, and parking allowed on one side of the two lane street. And the city spends $16,000 on speed cushions to slow traffic.Un**believable.What would it have cost to remove the "no parking" signs from one side of the street? Nothing, because street maintenance are paid whether or not there is work to do. Would having cars parked on both sides of the street not slow the traffic? And would this have been accompished for about $15,999 less?

Richard Heckler 8 years ago

20mph zones... all you need to knowDo speed humps affect emergency response times?Speed humps save lives. It is as simple as that. There are many myths andrumours about traffic calming measures.Why do we use 20mph zones?Research shows that excessive speed is a major factor in a third of all roaddeaths. If a vehicle travelling at 40mph hits a pedestrian or cyclist there isonly a 15%chance of survival. At 20mph the chance of survival jumps to 95%.Why can't 20mph zones be introduced without speed humps?A 20mph zone has to be self-enforcing. This means using physical measuressuch as speed humps to slow down drivers. Research has shown 20mphzones reduce speeds by an average of 9mph, where a 20mph speed limiton its own without traffic calming only reduces speed by 3mph and relieson driver discretion.Can we use cameras to enforce 20mph zones?Cannot enforce a speed limit through speed cameras andfines, at this time. This is because speeding is still a criminal offense andcan only be enforced by the police.

Richard Heckler 8 years ago

Research shows the level of pollution in 20mph zones is often reducedbecause speed humps generally deter many vehicles using the area,resulting in less engine emissions overall.The location of each speed hump is carefully identified to ensure that theyare located at regular intervals. This encourages a consistent low speedthroughout the zone and in turn reduces air and noise pollution.Will speed humps damage my vehicle?Most vehicles traveling at no more than 20mph over a speed hump shouldnot be damaged.Can speed humps cause damage to my property through vibrations?Some vibration may be felt when vehicles travel over speed humps,particularly when they are heavy goods vehicles. However, research showsthat it is highly unlikely that speed humps will result in any structural damageto neighboring buildings located more than a meter from the hump.Do speed humps cause an increase in noise problems?Noise levels may actually be reduced because speeds are lower and throughtraffic is discouraged from using the area. Where there is a bus route, speedcushions will be considered. Cushions are generally located in pairs acrossthe road, which means larger vehicles such as buses can straddle the humpswhich reduces noise levels. However, speed cushions are less effective inreducing speeds than full width road humps.

FFAF 8 years ago

Haha, this is funny. I thought that Kansans referred to speed bumps as Speed Cushions or something. Then I realized that its just a really stupid name someone is using and ya'll think its just as stupid as I do. I like the deaf child area sign, except I don't think they could publish an LJW article about it if it were going to be effective.

spiff 8 years ago

when i saw this headline, i was afraid it was going to be on a stretch of Lawrence Ave. that matters. fortunately it is not

conservative 8 years ago

This is ridiculous. I'm sorry but it's not like the road has changed in the last 20+ years. What we have is a bunch of people who have bought houses on a busy street, and yes the street was already busy when they bought them, and now they want to change things. Sorry but if you didn't want to live on a busy street you should have bought elsewhere.

Sigmund 8 years ago

merrill has a plan on how each little detail of your life will be lived, what music you can listen to, what you can eat, where you will shop, who can start a business, who must cease their business, there is literally nothing that merrill doesn't know better than everyone else and he will enforce every little one of his edicts if given a chance.

JayCat_67 8 years ago

I like speed cushions. "Speed hump" sounds to much like bunny style luvin'...

monkeyhawk 8 years ago

Anyone who wishes to serve on any city board should be required to take a drug test first. I will be making this a formal request, since it seems that all wishes come true in this city.

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