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Archive for Sunday, June 15, 2008

New stop signs catch drivers by surprise

Drivers pass by orange flags attached to two new stop signs near the intersection of 11th and Mississippi streets in this file photo from June. According to city records, stolen signs add up to $30,000 in taxpayer losses each year.

Drivers pass by orange flags attached to two new stop signs near the intersection of 11th and Mississippi streets in this file photo from June. According to city records, stolen signs add up to $30,000 in taxpayer losses each year.

June 15, 2008

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Police are busy pulling over people running through new stop signs posted along Mississippi Street near Memorial Stadium.

Not that they're trying to cash in on the public's unfamiliarity.

Instead, officers were busy issuing warnings Friday at the corner of 11th and Mississippi streets, where orange flags affixed to the new signs' poles sometimes weren't enough to alert drivers to the changes ahead.

"We understand there is a little bit of a learning curve here," said Capt. Schuyler Bailey, of the KU Public Safety Office, which oversees the Kansas University police. "We want to give people time to understand that the signs are up."

Folks had better get used to them.

The signs went up recently in response to construction of a nearby hotel. The Oread Inn project has forced closure of a section of Indiana Street nearby, and developers asked for a few traffic-control changes to help address anticipated problems with getting heavy trucks, buses and other traffic through the area and its inevitable detours.

Chuck Soules, the city's director of public works, said safety also was a prime concern. Workers digging a massive hole for an underground parking garage at the hotel reported seeing the ground around them "shaking" as buses rumbled past, prompting swift requests for the road closure and other signs to be posted nearby.

The city hopes to remove the new stop signs, and reopen Indiana Street, once the safety concerns at the construction site are satisfied, Soules said. Officials now anticipate a relative return to normal in August or September.

"This is temporary, until the safety issues with the project get resolved," Soules said. "That basically means they need to get some work done, so the workers aren't in danger. Then we'll get it opened again."

Until then, KU student Michael Novorr fully anticipates seeing more of what he's been treated to for the past few days outside the bedroom window of his place at Stadium View Apartments.

From his perch at the northeast corner of the intersection, he's seen car after truck after SUV run the stop signs. Officers posted at the intersection also have gotten an earful from frustrated motorists.

Novorr's convinced the warnings won't last for long.

"I just see it as another way to get revenue for the city," said Novorr, a junior studying history. "I don't really see it as helping anyone out."

Comments

Flap Doodle 6 years, 6 months ago

BTW, the cyber**ing website cool is plugging is part of a certain odious local 'forum' where you can see stellar examples of juvenile personal attacks. If that's what you're all about, I'd recommend going through proxify dot com if you want to check it out.

weatherguy48 6 years, 6 months ago

Hey Cool, wouldn't it be...better if you took 30 minutes to an hour and thought of everything you want to say and then posted it in one big post? Because these rapid fire Cool comments make me wish this forum had an ignore feature...

shlomoek 6 years, 6 months ago

I can tell you right now that restaurant will fail over and over again.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 6 months ago

no, wasn't referring to that, you were right to defend the cohousing thingy, though I disagree with the concept. at least twice you tried to pimp that delaware street shooting incident into an argument for gun control, that was offensive. I wasn't the only one that found it so. ***hey cool, instead of taking nancy longhurst's comments on that, look back in the history and look for comments by longhursts about the the glowing future of the riverfront mall!

bearded_gnome 6 years, 6 months ago

unCool:caffeine addict?he was one of the despicable fools who tried to make political advantage out of the delaware street shootings. tells a lot about his lack of character.

compmd 6 years, 6 months ago

I can't wait to see what this does to traffic when school in in session.

dandelion 6 years, 6 months ago

snap_pop_no_crackle (Anonymous) says:BTW, the cyber**ing website cool is plugging is part of a certain odious local 'forum' where you can see stellar examples of juvenile personal attacks. If that's what you're all about, I'd recommend going through proxify dot com if you want to check it out.And if you want juvenile personal attacks just stay on this forum. It's a joke.

shlomoek 6 years, 6 months ago

Lawrence needed more hotels rooms, and the Yellow Sub and Crossing were not the landmarks they have been made out to be. I do feel this is yet another risky project taken up but the rich of lawrence that could very well blow up in their faces.

rumor_man 6 years, 5 months ago

Maybe he finally got the hint....or maybe he actually got a job and is working.

weatherguy48 6 years, 5 months ago

Maybe he took my advice and has a 65 KB text file he's waiting to unleash on the next article.

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