Archive for Monday, February 16, 2009

What local projects would you give federal stimulus money?

February 16, 2009


Reader poll
Which projects should be Lawrence's top priority for receiving federal stimulus funds?

or See the results without voting


All communities in the state are set to share an estimated $70 million in federal funds for highway and related projects from the Federal Economic Recovery Act passed by Congress and now awaiting a signature from President Obama.

The Kansas Department of Transportation will be making the decisions about which projects get financed, and is asking communities to make suggestions. Projects will be judged on several factors, including safety, economic development and roadway condition.

Federal stimulus funds will pay for 100 percent of all qualifying project expenses, including land acquisition, engineering design, inspection and construction.

With all that in mind, which one of these transportation projects would you recommended to KDOT as Lawrence’s top priority for receiving federal stimulus funds?

(Ready for bids within 30 days)

1. Intersection improvements at North Second and Locust streets in North Lawrence? ($4 million)

(Ready for bids within 90 days)

2. Widen Sixth Street, from Hy-Vee to Folks Road, to add a center turn lane? ($750,000)

3. Widen intersection of Ninth Street and Avalon Road, to add a center turn lane? ($500,000)

4. Add a left-turn lane on 25th Street at Iowa Street? ($500,000)

(Ready for bids within 180 days)

5. Rebuild Kasold Drive, from Clinton Parkway to 31st Street? ($6.6 million)

6. Rebuild and widen Wakarusa Drive, from Bob Billings Parkway to 18th Street? ($3 million)

7. Rebuild Kasold Drive, from Harvard Road to Bob Billings Parkway? ($3.9 million)

8. Rebuild and widen 19th Street, from Iowa Street to Naismith Drive, to include a center lane, bike lanes and sidewalks? ($3.124 million)

9. Install “intelligent transportation systems” along major arterials — Sixth Street, Iowa Street and others — along with establishing a traffic center to accommodate required equipment? ($3 million)

10. Restore brick road surface brick involving Eighth, Ninth and Ohio streets? ($500,000)

11. Add a center turn lane along Iowa Street, from Ninth Street to 15th Street/Bob Billings Parkway? ($3 million)

(Ready for bids within one year)

12. Extend 31st Street, from Haskell Avenue to O’Connell Road? ($7.2 million)

13. Improve intersections and add medians along Iowa Street at Ninth Street, Harvard Road, 15th Street/Bob Billings Parkway, and 23rd Street/Clinton Parkway? ($6 million)

14. Make safety improvements at intersection of Kansas Highway 10 and Franklin Road? ($4.5 million)

15. Replace 23rd Street bridge over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks near Haskell Avenue? ($8 million)


Luxor 9 years, 1 month ago

Did I miss the one where you can vote for "fix the potholes?"

ksarmychick 9 years, 1 month ago

Fix the roads that we already have....

Omegatron 9 years, 1 month ago

Fixing the pot holes is not an option. There's to many of them! If we declare war on them their superior numbers and intelligence will overwhelm our city government!

There'd be anarchy!

Doom and gloom!

The horror!

eotw33 9 years, 1 month ago

SLT, then potholes, building the SLT would reduce the ware and tear on the roads, oh, and bigger, brighter speed limit signs so maybe people will stop going 10-15 UNDER the speed limit.

BigPrune 9 years, 1 month ago

My bank account.

Where in Sam Hill is MY bailout money?

What about the SLT? Why didn't that make the list?

conservative 9 years, 1 month ago

Based on the list I voted for widening Iowa from 9th to 15th. Based soley on it seems to have the biggest slowdown impact on traffic. They refused to put up no left turn signs there during high traffic periods and 1 car trying to turn during rush hour backs up traffic for a long long time.

Danimal 9 years, 1 month ago

Well, since we're not building the SLT anytime soon, I would vote for extending 31st St and building it as a high(er) speed way to get out of town to the east. A new 31st St. could significantly cut traffic on 23rd significantly and make getting across east Lawrence a lot faster.

It's hard to choose though because Lawrence's roads are in such terrible shape. There are at least dozens of streets that require improvement and/or rehabilitation to meet the current volume. It would certainly help if every 18 y.o. at KU didn't think it was their Constitutional right to have a car.

jayhawklawrence 9 years, 1 month ago

Pedestrian/Bike bridge at 31st and Kasold.

It's super dangerous to try to cross along that street.

jayhawklawrence 9 years, 1 month ago

Sidewalks too in same area are needed and planned as far as I know.

tvf2k 9 years, 1 month ago

Whatever we do, make sure it has roundabouts. Not just any old roundabout, but one with sculpture, or some sort of art-in-the-round.

rusty2 9 years, 1 month ago

install a planted center median on 23rd from Iowa to Louisiana, this was recommended by City Consultants - in other words make 23rd a boulevard with a center grass median and two lanes each way - reduce to very few turn bays in median and rework intersection at 23rd & Louisiana and at Iowa.

rusty2 9 years, 1 month ago

rework Lawrence electrical distribution to a 'smart grid' like Boulder, Colorado

Installing new metering systems that will not only measure electricity use but be capable of real-time, high-speed, two-way communication of that information with the rest of the power grid Converting existing substations, which transfer power from big transmission lines to smaller distribution networks, to "smart" stations capable of remote monitoring, near real-time information collection and distribution, and better performance Giving customers who want them programmable in-home control devises and systems to fully automate home energy use Upgrading the grid connections to support off-site power generators and storage units such as solar panels on homes, battery systems, wind turbines, and hybrid electric vehicles that can pull power from the grid and delivery it back to the grid on command.

Mark Kostner 9 years, 1 month ago

I am a former resident, now in Las Vegas. I was in Lawrence last Thanksgiving, and the one street that was a hairy experience was West 9th just east of Iowa. Even on a holiday weekend that street was really, really busy and it took a long time to get on it. Both 9th and Emory and 9th and Avalon were on hillsides making the driving tricky. I lived at both those intersections in the late 70's and frankly I am surprised that that street was never widened to 5 lanes. The rest of the proposals look good. Out west all the streets have center lanes and when you have a street without one you really notice the difference. Other than 9th and 19th, Lawrence is a pretty easy place for getting around. So I hope 9th gets some attention.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 1 month ago

New roads = more new miles = expand the tax bills = tax increase

workinghard 9 years, 1 month ago

Right turn lanes at major intersections with light, such as 19th and Haskell and 23rd and Oushdal. Instead of roundabouts in new roads, put in right turn lanes.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 1 month ago

Green Collar" project for blue and white collars

Repairing old east side sidewalks would be excellent use of stimulus money that would provide local jobs for city workers . City workers on a project such as this would likely provide taxpayers a better bang for their tax bucks. Bring some laid off folks back to work.

Which sidewalks: East 19th from Haskell to Louisiana East 13th from Haskell to Campus East 11th from Delaware to Campus( 11th and New Jersey is the perfect sidewalk design - 1100 New Jersey) Mass Street from 23rd to 13th 9th street from Mississippi to Iowa East 7th from New Jersey to Rhode Island Kentucky 19th to 6th Tenn from 19th to 6th street Connecticut from 15th to 7th Street

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Richard Heckler 9 years, 1 month ago

Considering the city wants to use stimulus money to do sales tax projects I say recall the sales tax and present it again with specific projects.

Otherwise use stimulus money for projects listed above that are not sales tax projects.

Ken Lassman 9 years, 1 month ago

The idea of the stimulus money is to create jobs that will circulate locally to help the economy, right? Why not use at least some of the money to put unemployed builders to work weatherizing homes? Homeowners/renters save on heating bills to pay other bills, builders get jobs to pay their bills and get off of unemployment, and it's "green" to boot. Best of all, much of the money will circulate locally several times before it leaves town, so we all benefit.

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