Archive for Monday, November 2, 2009

South Lawrence neighborhood looks for traffic calming help

November 2, 2009


Park Hill representatives are hoping the Lawrence Traffic Safety Commission tonight will approve their request for traffic calming devices to slow traffic in the neighborhood southeast of 23rd and Louisiana streets.

The Park Hill Neighborhood Association at the July commission meeting requested temporary rubber traffic calming devices in an effort to reduce speeding and increase safety. Commissioners tabled the requests so neighborhood representatives could construct a plan with traffic safety engineer David Woosley.

The plan places temporary traffic calming circles at the intersections of Kansas and Utah Street and Ohio and Dakota Street, and temporary medians at two curves on Montana Street where it intersects with Vermont Street and Park Hill Terrace. The goal is to slow vehicles and keep them on the correct sides of the road.

Installation of the calming devices will take two weeks if the City Commission approves, Woosley said. City Commission approval comes after tonight's decision by the traffic safety commission.

If the temporary devices are effective, they made be made permanent, but that requires road reconstruction.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the City Commission room at City Hall, 6 E. 6th St.


Susan Harper 8 years, 5 months ago

I walk this neighborhood early in the morning. Cars cut through from 23rd, down Vermont then to Montana and on onto Park Hill Terrace going entirely too fast. It is a definite cut-through and is dangerous for pedestrians (and puppy dogs on leads). Kid walk to school along these streets with no sidewalks. Some sort of traffic calming devices need to be installed and these seem to be as good as we can get right now.

RKLOG 8 years, 5 months ago

Do this to Mississippi street all the way down the hill to 6th street. I call that particular run, "The Gauntlet."

Janet Lowther 8 years, 5 months ago

Traffic too fast? Give the street the East Lawrence neglect treatment.

Darn few people speed on the 1100 block of Pennsylvania.

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