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Workers installing crosswalk signals at Lawrence Arts Center

February 17, 2009

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Folks heading to and from the Lawrence Arts Center soon will be able to stop traffic with the push of a button.

Crews are installing new pedestrian-activated signals for the New Hampshire Street crosswalk between a city-owned parking garage and the arts center, 940 N.H.

Support poles went up Tuesday, and signals should be operational within two weeks, said David Woosley, the city’s traffic engineer. Lawrence city commissioners approved the work — and its estimated $35,000 price tag — back in July.

The overhead signals will be similar to those at a crossing on 11th Street, midway between New York and New Jersey streets. The signals go red at the press of a button, then turn to flashing red — the signal version of a stop sign — soon after pedestrians start to cross.

That way, Woosley said, stopped vehicles will be able proceed once pedestrians have passed, instead of waiting for the light to turn green.

“It helps save a little bit of time,” Woosley said.

Comments

1029 5 years, 10 months ago

Thank god. I once waited an hour and a half trying to get from the Arts Center to the parking garage. While I waited, there was about a quarter of a dozen cars that just zipped by at 20 mph and not a single one stopped to let me across. It was terrifying and completely unacceptable. I can't wait to go down there tomorrow and push that button all day long.

Sigmund 5 years, 10 months ago

1029 (Anonymous) says… "I can't wait to go down there tomorrow and push that button all day long."

ROFLMAO!

somebodynew 5 years, 10 months ago

What a waste of money that the city (allegedly) doesn't have. If people can't figure out how to safely get traffic stopped at a RAISED and properly marked crosswalk (watch out there may be a car coming south at 7th St.) then they should stand there all day. Sometimes you have to make you intentions known. I know I have stopped at more than one crosswalk downtown only to have people just stand there and talk or wait for someone a block away to come pick them up.

Bassetlover 5 years, 10 months ago

And to think the Senior Center had to give up their senior day care program because they didn't have $35K to fund it any longer......that the city agreed to fund this instead speaks volumes about the priority we place on the older generation.

cowboy 5 years, 10 months ago

You are kidding right , 35,000 , well at least they didn't put in a roundabout

Budgets_Smudgets 5 years, 10 months ago

dig up that statue from JB "Big Boys" restaurant and set him up in the street with flashing lights? ....to make it kid friendly and all.

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