Archive for Thursday, June 24, 2010

Douglas County OKs reduced speed limit south of Eudora

June 24, 2010


Keith Browning understands that drivers on Douglas County Road 1061 may or may not slow down once new speed limit signs go up south of Eudora by the end of next week.

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But he’ll be contacting Sheriff Ken McGovern to see if he can get a little help convincing drivers of the 2,200 vehicles who use the stretch of road each day.

“We’re certainly hoping to get compliance,” said Browning, county engineer and director of public works. “We’ll certainly be measuring that. We’ll talk to the sheriff about enforcement, and we do think it will make a difference.”

If nothing else, Browning said, drivers seeing the new 45 mph speed limit between North 300 and North 600 roads should at least be aware that potential danger lurks ahead amid the hills, driveways and other physical conditions that prompted the change approved Wednesday night by county commissioners.

The signs will be expected to heighten awareness among drivers.

“It’s a way to achieve a higher safety factor without major construction,” Commissioner Jim Flory said.

The county documented 24 accidents along the three-mile stretch of road from 2003 through the end of 2009, and a recent engineering review determined that allowing drivers to go 55 mph didn’t make sense considering drivers’ limited sight distances.

The signs are scheduled to be installed by the end of next week.

In other business, commissioners approved:

• a conditional-use permit to allow for weddings, outdoor music and other events to be conducted at Bluejacket Crossing Winery, 1969 N. 1250 Road.


aabergwoman 7 years, 10 months ago

Wish this would of been extended to 700 Rd. We live two miles off this intersection and in 7 years have seen over 6 accidents, two that were deadly!

kansasredlegs 7 years, 10 months ago

The road was NOT designed for 45 mph. The engineers know this, thus the 85 percentile rule. The road is actually constructed to be safe at speeds up to 65 mph and the 55 mph is a 'comfortable' speed for driving while the artificially low speed of 45 mph will just mean people will speed. This is the reason for an ENGINEER calling for traffic enforcement and not the SHERIFF. Interesting that our engineers buckled to the powers and the squeeky wheels. Hopefully, the Commishes will authorize traffic calming devices as this road is not designed for 45 mph. Last hope is that the Sheriff recognizes this absurdity and advises his Deputies to use MUCH discretion when enforcing this new found dangerous area.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 10 months ago

Don't forget, merrill says potholes make good traffic-calming devices.

Ralph Reed 7 years, 10 months ago

And this is where?

Give a couple of landmarks, please.

Maddy Griffin 7 years, 10 months ago

Why can't this be done on K-10? Is it a federal issue? I'd like to see traffic slowed to 55 until after DeSoto. How many deaths have occurred on K=10 since 2003? When we lived across K-10 from the old Don's steakhouse, there wasn't a day go by that there weren't sirens heading down K-10.

gatekeeper 7 years, 10 months ago

If people would learn to drive, put down their cell phones and pay attn, there wouldn't be problems on K-10. We need to learn from the Germans how to drive. You aren't even allowed to have a beverage on the Autobaun because it's a distraction. I pass people almost every day texting, reading, etc.... It's not the speed, it's the morons behind the wheel.

It doesn't matter if they're going 45 or 85, if they aren't paying attn they aren't going to drive well.

formerfarmer 7 years, 10 months ago

I'm glad it only took 50 years for engineers to decide 45mph is to fast for that road. It has been 55mph ever since it was paved.

Kontum1972 7 years, 10 months ago

a Humvee with a mounted "Ma Deuce" would really slow things down...

MIke Mallory 7 years, 10 months ago

4 freakin accidents a year justifies lowering the speed limit. lets take IOWA street to 5 miles an hour. I for one will not slow down, pay attention and there wont be accidents. the actions of a few idiots effect the rest of us. F this new speed limit

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