Archive for Friday, February 5, 2010

New traffic signals to assist trail users

Lawrence bikers hitting the trail near 11th and Oregon streets are getting a little traffic help. New pedestrian-activated traffic signals have been installed.

February 5, 2010


Users of a new trail in east Lawrence will be able to stop traffic, with the installation of new pedestrian-activated traffic signals at two intersections along the Burroughs Creek Trail.

The first set of signals went in this week on 11th Street, just east of Hobbs Park. Another set is expected to be installed during the next two months along 19th Street, just west of Moodie Road.

The signals will allow users of the new $620,000 trail — a 10-foot-wide path of concrete running from 11th to 23rd streets — to press a button to activate the signals, designed to stop traffic.

The signals are similar to others in town, including those on New Hampshire Street in front of the Lawrence Arts Center.

The section of 11th handles about 6,800 vehicles per day, while the stretch of 19th carries about 9,500, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.


Richard Heckler 8 years, 1 month ago

6th and Wakarusa probaly cost you tax payers more than a million dollars..... and for what?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 1 month ago

"First of all, there are only a handful of vehicle's that take that street. "

Did you even read the article"

"The section of 11th handles about 6,800 vehicles per day,"

That's an average of 5 cars a minute. During peak hours, it's probably more like 15 a minute (or one every 4 seconds.) Nearly every city vehicle goes in and out of that intersection every day, not to mention a good deal of truck traffic.

But why do I bother? You really couldn't care less, since you are obviously just whining because it doesn't directly benefit you.

monkeyhawk 8 years, 1 month ago

boozo & merrill - basking in the glow of extortion.

puddleglum 8 years, 1 month ago

love ya bozo, but I'm sorry-5 cars a minute is easily navigated....certainly not frogger.

and 6th & wak? you can take that light out (and you should) for all I care, it makes a nice message to all ye enter the town of stoplightdom.... thanks for visiting lawrence, now stop for 3 cars going to wal-mart and you may continue with your journey in 2 minutes. thanks for stopping-oh btw get used to it, as every stoplight on 6th west of iowa seems to magically stop hwy 40 for one car on every cross-street. thanks for playing.

watchinmyback 8 years, 1 month ago

This is outrageous and completely ludicrous. Seriously how long have people been crossing the street without one. Even if this was in my neighborhood and benefited me, I would still fill the same. Oh wait there is one in my neighborhood and I have seen it used all so much. Total sarcasm there if you did not catch it. A stop light for people walking, seriously how in the hell does this even make to city hall. F'ing stupid!!!

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