Letters to the Editor

Tight traffic

September 24, 2008


To the editor:

Thursday afternoon, about 5:15 p.m., I was traveling south on Lawrence Avenue and, as I approached the Ninth Street intersection, I sideswiped a car parked on the west side of the street. I was staying to the right because of the flood of cars turning north onto Lawrence from Ninth and apparently overcorrected.

As the owner of the offended car, and as I stood waiting for the police to come and then make a report, we watched the heavy traffic - larger vehicles having to pull into open spaces between parked cars to avoid head-on collisions with oncoming vehicles. Clearly Lawrence Avenue between Sixth and Ninth streets has exceeded its capacity and some remedy needs to be found: limiting on-street parking or widening the street (there is plenty of right-of-way).

And, as an additional issue, the car I struck was only parked on the street because the owner had been denied access to his driveway on Ninth by curb-replacement construction and was told that it was illegal for him to park on his lawn or drive over it to reach his driveway. Catch-22!

Betty Banks,


geekin_topekan 9 years, 5 months ago

Take the T.If you dont know where the right side of your car is in respect to pedestrians,trees or parked cars you should not be behind the wheel.Lawrence AVe. and every other street in town is plenty wide for traffic in either direction.Its the drivers that make it dangerous and attitudes must change in order for it to work and that means recognizing other driver's needs and disregarding your own sense of entitlment.But it is easier to complain about everyone else and blame the government for not doing something about it.I understand that,but,there is s cheaper and easier solution and you hold it in your own hands.

jayhawk9 9 years, 5 months ago

I definately agree that that section is too crowded. I drive that way every morning taking my daughter to West Jr High. I have to wait several times to go around parked cars. That whole section of town with an elementary school and Jr high is very well traveled. Going to Kasold wouldnt be an option for me as I have to travel on Lawrence Ave to get to my end destination. Kasold doesnt meet up with crestline.

Confrontation 9 years, 5 months ago

I agree that this road is too narrow for any cars to park on it.

Chengdu808 9 years, 5 months ago

I couldn't agree more! This street has always seemed too narrow for the traffic using it.

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