Archive for Saturday, February 26, 2011

Study to examine traffic at K-10 and Sixth

February 26, 2011


Over the next several months, the Kansas Department of Transportation will spend $100,000 to establish a plan on how to cope with growth near the intersection of Kansas Highway 10 and Sixth Street.

The area, which encompasses a 1.5-mile segment of Sixth Street from George Williams Way to East 800 Road, has been slated for future development. With this growth, transportation issues are expected to emerge, said KDOT spokeswoman Kim Qualls.

The idea, Qualls said, is to create a map for future development that accounts for traffic volumes, safety concerns and pedestrian access.

“It’s a big-picture plan for the corridor, so it’s not being done piece by piece,” she said.

To gather feedback from those who live nearby or travel the stretch of road and other stakeholders, KDOT is hosting an open house from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center at Free State High School, 4706 Overland Drive.

KDOT staff and other members of the planning team, which includes the city of Lawrence, Douglas County and the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization, will be there to answer questions on the project and gather input and ideas for the plan.

The plan, which will be done by local engineering firm BG Consultants, is expected to be finished by the end of this summer.

Already, KDOT is designing improvements to the Sixth Street and K-10 interchange that will include dual left turning lanes and traffic signals at the ramps between K-10 and Sixth Street.

The hope is to help ease traffic congestion, particularly during afternoon rush hour.

Longer term, KDOT is looking at widening the Sixth Street bridge over K-10 to allow for additional left-turn lanes and pedestrian access.

As of now, KDOT hasn’t found a way to fund the improvement projects.


Ron Holzwarth 7 years, 3 months ago

I'm sure happy this issue is being addressed, because there is a terrific delay at times if you are headed southbound on K-10 and needing to make a left to head east on 6th Street, aka Highway 40.

There is no other realistic alternative for a lot of commuters, the delay is irritating to say the least, and leads to excessive risk taking when it is finally your turn to make your left.

I confess, one time I got so frustrated at the delay that I switched lanes and instead made a right onto 6th Street aka Highway 40 and made a quick U turn a few miles down the road so that I would have the right of way through that intersection. I actually saved some time doing that!

ECM 7 years, 3 months ago

You might have done the right turn U turn once. There are scores that do it every day thus making it more difficult and clog the flow of those attempting to turn onto 6th and increasing the chances of a accident

Steve Jacob 7 years, 3 months ago

I face a traffic delay on 23ed St. all the time, lets spend $100K for a plan for that. Last time they did something it was making semis go onto 31st St., and that road from Haskell to Louisiana is in terrible shape.

Kris_H 7 years, 3 months ago

"Already, KDOT is designing improvements to the Sixth Street and K-10 interchange that will include dual left turning lanes and traffic signals at the ramps between K-10 and Sixth Street."

Yes! It needed the traffic signals a LONG time ago.

"As of now, KDOT hasn’t found a way to fund the improvement projects." :(

jfcm77 7 years, 3 months ago

Put in an elevated round-about. Don't add traffic signals.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 3 months ago

Let's say KDOT should improve no matter what.

KDOT and local thinkers need to keep this mind:

America has 9 million or more homes on the market,10,000 in the KCMO metro and no jobs for an estimated 26 million.

Retail chains are cutting back. Talbot's and Border's are leaving Lawrence,Kansas.

The " boom town economy" mentality killed our economy. It will take several years to recover. Our local "boom town economy thinkers" perhaps could apply moratorium discipline.

America is Over Stored

America Is Over Stored ( Do Lawrence,Kansas planners,Chamber of Commerce and city government not realize this?)

The Wall Street bankers boom town economics building frenzy produced a bumper crop of new retail space. But the occupants haven't materialized.

The carnage in retail hasn't been this bad since an anarchist bombed Chicago's Haymarket Square in 1886. In January, Liz Claiborne said it would shutter 54 Sigrid Olsen stores by mid-2008; Ann Taylor announced that 117 of its 921 stores would be closed over the next three years, and Talbots axed the Talbots Men's and Talbots Kids concepts and 22 Talbots stores. Even Starbucks has scaled back its yearlong saturation-bombing campaign.

But back out inflation and sales of gasoline, and retail sales fell in real terms in the past year. Clearly, demand is down.

And supply is up. This decade's building frenzy produced a bumper crop of new retail space—from McStrip malls built near new McMansions, to hip new boutiques in the ground floors of hip new Miami condo buildings. But as is the case with those McMansions and condos, the occupants for new retail space haven't materialized.

In the fourth quarter of 2007, the national retail-vacancy rate rose for the 11th straight quarter to 7.5 percent—the highest level since 1996, according to research firm Reis, Inc.

With new projects coming online—34 million square feet of retail space will be completed in 2008—the rate is expected to spike further to 8 percent. In the parlance of the trade, many chains are simply over-stored.


gl0ck0wn3r 7 years, 3 months ago

lulz update your spam, this is from 2008. Additionally, please learn how to punctuate.

Bladerunner 7 years, 3 months ago

4 way stop is always cheaper during hard times.

Bob_Keeshan 7 years, 3 months ago

Man, I hope they put more stoplights on 6th that constantly malfunction.

Heaven forbid you drive more than a quarter mile in this town without a stoplight. Always fun to be driving on 6th Street west of Wakarusa and get stopped at a light with no one else in sight.

Perhaps they could have saved money on the two new lights they put up and used that to fix the real problem, which is getting off K-10.

blindrabbit 7 years, 3 months ago

Why not all the way to Stull Road and US 40; that is only 1 mile further west than the proposed study area. The section of US 40 from K10 to Stull Road is very dangerous, hilly, no shoulders and many turnoffs. How that section of US59 was rated mor dangerous than US40 is beyond me. Also, traffic going west out of Lawrence splits pretty evenly at Stull Road / US40 intersection.

BigPrune 7 years, 3 months ago

How about better signage? Access road, on ramp, on ramp, access road, where's the freaking turnoff?

John Hamm 7 years, 3 months ago

"designing improvements" planning for pedestrians, etc. Work which they have no money for yet they're gonna drop $100K of our tax money for another worthless "study!" How do these people go so wrong so consistently?

Kelly Johnson 7 years, 3 months ago

How about they use the $100,000 to fund the improvements they already have in mind instead of a study to make plans for more things they don't have funding for? This makes no sense!

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