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Letters to the Editor

Letter: Traffic mistake

November 8, 2013

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To the editor:

After reading the article on the proposed roundabout at Inverness and Wakarusa, I can only say I think this would be a tragic mistake. The argument that a roundabout would result in fewer “T-boning” accidents is reasonable; however, as an individual who uses that particular intersection 3-4 times a day, I don’t personally recall ever seeing an accident at that intersection in the past. Like Commissioner Farmer, I also go through the Harvard/Monterrey Way roundabout frequently, which can be a very difficult task when traffic is busy (why wasn’t there simply a stop sign placed on Harvard to allow the busy north-south traffic to flow unhampered?).

There are four times a day when the traffic is extremely busy at Inverness and Wakarusa: early morning, when parents are dropping off their children at Quail Run School, when the kids are being picked up after school and when people are returning from work. A roundabout would be a nightmare at those particular times.  It would seem a stoplight would be better able to move traffic during those times more quickly and safely.

Would a roundabout really be more cost-effective in the long run? With the maintenance of the landscaping and curbing repair, it seems difficult to believe that the cost of maintaining a roundabout would be less than that of a traffic light.  In addition, as traffic patterns change over time, as they surely will, it seems it would be much more cost effective to reprogram a traffic light than to alter a roundabout.

Comments

Ron Holzwarth 1 year, 1 month ago

The City of Lawrence employs a Traffic Engineer that oversees all new road improvements. I believe, but do not know for sure, that a college degree in Traffic Engineering or some similar subject is required for that position. What that means is that someone with a college education that covered that subject considers this proposal to be a good idea.

Of course, that does not mean that all of the Traffic Engineer's ideas are good ones. It is also important to note that this is only a proposal that is being considered, and how seriously this proposal is being taken by the city was not indicated in the original article.

If you believe that your ideas have merit, and writing a letter to the editor certainly indicates that, you should also send a message to the City of Lawrence, Traffic Engineering, instead of simply hoping that someone in that department will see your letter in the paper that was not directly addressed to them. You can easily do that by clicking the "Contact Us" link, left side, under "Quick Links" on the following website:

http://lawrenceks.org/public_works/traffic

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