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Traffic study set for West Sixth Street

October 28, 2009

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Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday unanimously agreed to spend $11,000 to help fund a transportation study of the area near Sixth Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway.

The Kansas Department of Transportation study will look at future improvements needed to the area’s road network, including new traffic signals, turning lanes and access points.

The study is expected to cost about $100,000. KDOT will pay for the bulk of the study because Sixth Street also is U.S. Highway 40.

Douglas County and the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization also are being asked to contribute $11,000 each to the study.

Comments

Christine Pennewell Davis 5 years, 1 month ago

Well if they know they need the improvments already and they know they want signals and whaever else why do they need the study? It says they already know they need the stuff why waste the money so a stupid peice of paper tells you what you already know??

Paul Geisler 5 years, 1 month ago

You both are hilarious. I'm sure you'd gripe if they didn't make any improvements before that area is developed and the interchange couldn't handle the trafffic! So which is it? Do you want to see more planned development in this community or not? By the way, development for that area is already underway so they'd better start looking at how to address these issues now.

Knowing that this highway interchange needs improvement to handle additional traffic does NOT mean that they know exactly which approach to take. Would you build a house without a set of blueprints? KDOT would be wrong to consider rebuilding a major highway interchange without studying the unique circumstances that exist at that location in order to determine the best solution.

somedude20 5 years, 1 month ago

They need to be doing that on 9th st. I can not tell you how many times I have been stuck at every light on the way down or up 9th. Stinks!!!

BigPrune 5 years, 1 month ago

Ripper, I recall a certain roundabout on 19th Street cost $700,000, in fact roundabouts cost the equivalent of a 4 way light. You mention the City comes up short for those truly in need, I have to laugh since your people who ruined this community were all about the roundabout. Don't forget the bicycle lanes required for new housing and then there is the 2' freeboard, all paid for by the developer passed on to the homeowner. Of course we cannot forget the sacred cow Horizon 2020 that was out dated the day it rolled off the presses. I sure hope they finish the SLT soon since the voters passed it 20 years ago. Then there is the development code your people passed that created vacancies throughout Lawrence for 5 years, since nobody could rent a vacant space without spending tens of thousands of dollars with the gamble they could or could not open a new business in a vacant space.

Give us a break from your idiocy.

gccs14r 5 years, 1 month ago

The interchange will have to be reconstructed when the other two lanes of the bypass are put in, so why are they bothering with any studies or development? It's stupid to put something in when you know you're going to have to rip it back out.

BigAl 5 years, 1 month ago

It is also true that developers provide a lot of jobs, buy a lot of goods and services and pay a lot of taxes. They support and prop up the local economy.

ralphralph 5 years, 1 month ago

They should just build another "Overpass to Nowhere" like the one at the eastern terminus of the SLT over US59/Iowa St. I never understood why they built that overpass when they weren't building any road on the east end of it. Will it still be good to use if the SLT is ever actually finished?

thelonious 5 years, 1 month ago

BigAl Says - "...developers provide a lot of jobs, buy a lot of goods and services and pay a lot of taxes. They support and prop up the local economy."

Wow - they're doing a heck of a job.

BigAl 5 years, 1 month ago

I am glad you recognize it thelonious. Developers use and hire electricians, plumbers, carpet layers, framers, concrete finishers, plumbing supply houses, electrical supply houses, lumber yards, roofing supplies, landscapers, etc...I could go on and on.

Your snide remark doesn't change the fact that developers do prop up and help local economies.

BigPrune 5 years, 1 month ago

Developers pay their own way. It is VERY rare that the City has to pickup a cost for a new development. I know of one instance where the State of Kansas allocated funds for certain road improvements for a newer area of town and the City took those funds to improve other parts of town east then the City added as specials new fees for the newer area of course passing this expense on to the homeowner of the newer area.

GardenMomma 5 years, 1 month ago

I would have thought they would have done a study when they decided to

a) allow Wal-Mart to build or b) allow CVS to build or c) allow Queens street to go through or d) allow George Williams Way to go through or e) when they built a new water tower over by St. Margaret's Church or f) when they built ANY of the new housing out there now.

gccs14r 5 years, 1 month ago

It's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. Build a bunch of cr*p, overload the infrastructure, then get the City to make the rest of us pay to upgrade the facilities for structures that should never have been built in the first place.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 1 month ago

Over building the retail market = unfriendly to existing business across the board = economic displacement INSTEAD OF economic growth = tax and user fee increases

Empty retail space cost the city and taxpayers too much money

Too many empty warehouses don't pay back the taxpayers for any new infrastructure or in general = tax and user fee increases.

Too many homes = unfriendly to home owners property value = homes do not pay for themselves = bedroom communities are are a tax increase in and of themselves

SumitKumar 5 years, 1 month ago

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