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Plan ahead

January 18, 2012

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To the editor:

The Jan. 12 Journal-World editorial noted than a South Lawrence Trafficway interchange at Bob Billings Parkway “probably is needed” and “would provide an important access point to Kansas University,” all of which may be true, but the interchange is the cart before the horse. I urge (and have been urging for 25 or so years) the city traffic planners and the university planners, when they are making grandiose plans for the west end of Bob Billings Parkway, to look also at its east end, where Bob Billings Parkway reverts to plain old two-lane 15th Street.

Ask yourselves: How much sense does it make to bring even more traffic on four lanes and “transition” it into two lanes at the Malott Gateway (aka Malott Squeeze Chute)? Before you invite more traffic in, you must have a place for it to go; the sensible outlet would be created by making 15th Street four lanes east of Iowa, joining with a four-lane Naismith Drive both north and south of 15th Street. Good planners plan ahead — even beyond the next fiscal cycle.

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bearded_gnome 2 years, 2 months ago

Bill ... Bill ... Bill ...

don't you know we have actual opponents of driving on the traffic safety commission. they think their mission is to discourage driving by making it slower, more congested and inconvenient!

you'd have much better luck pushing for a continuous bike lane from clinton lake, to 15th st, naismith, stops for various greenie wheenie KU hot spots, and ending at the gardens by the chancellor's house.

what you say makes actual sense Bill. but these are the same people who took a perfectly properly named big hunk out of 15th and renamed it "bob billingley's parking way."

for your idea to be accepted, you've gotta change some elements waaaaaay down deep in Lawrence mann.

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oneeye_wilbur 2 years, 3 months ago

I would prefer the wide streets of Kingman. Face it, Mr. Mitchell. University Drive should be a divided four lane into the University. All parking should be removed from all sides of Kentucky and Tennessee from 6th street to 19th for starters.

Snow routes encouraged and implemented.

19th should be taken clear out east to the salvage yard and turned south to K-10. O'connell road linking to it. Again a divided four lane.

Lawrence will never have a good street plan and the current streets will continue to go in despair and dispair as long as the buses are allowed to tear them up.

Mallott Gateway is hardly a gateway and having a stop sign at the top of 15th coming from the east is the most hairbrained idea. Kinda like a lighte pathway with lights right next to driveways and lurking under trees that look like the Barber of Seville did not trim them so good.

Face it Bill, you are living in a po dunk community with no vision now and in the future.

Kingman awaits.

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mustrun80 2 years, 3 months ago

Bill, don't you understand that development is evil in this town? Causing cars to sit and spew exhaust on a smaller road is preferred by the environmentalist wackos here. Afterall, development means some white dudes are going to make money from construction.

Yeah yeah, their employees would have jobs but anything to stop the man and provide some meaning for the libs empty lives.

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