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Traffic signals installed at K-10 and 6th Street interchange

January 27, 2014

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The installation of traffic signals at the Kansas Highway 10 and 6th Street/U.S. 40 interchange was completed Friday, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Weather permitting, the traffic signals will be turned to flashing mode this week. The signals on 6th will flash yellow, and those on K-10 will flash red. After flashing for 48 hours, the signals will become fully operational.

Comments

Amy Varoli Elliott 1 year, 6 months ago

There was never traffic problems there way was money wasted on these?

Jean Robart 1 year, 6 months ago

There have been MANY problems there. It is a blind left turn onto 6th street, and you take your life in your hands each time that turn is attempted.

Ken Lassman 1 year, 6 months ago

My guess is that Jean is talking about that time of day around sunset when you are on the exit ramp trying to turn left/east onto 6th and the sun is lined up with 6th so that it's darn near impossible to see oncoming eastbound 6th St. traffic west of that intersection. It's worst around the equinoxes but can pretty much be a pain on any sunny day and also happens to coincide with the rush hour traffic some times of the year.

Dan Klamet 1 year, 6 months ago

I drive out that way all the time. There's not nearly enough traffic at any time except holidays and gamedays to justify having signals there.

Ron Holzwarth 1 year, 6 months ago

And - rush hour every work day. If you haven't noticed dozens of vehicles waiting to make a left onto 6th Street from the K-10 exit, the only possible explanation is that someone else was driving and you had your eyes closed.

Andrew Dufour 1 year, 6 months ago

I make that drive every day, I actually take highway 40 to Topeka. I'm guessing the main reason is for people getting off K-10 in the evening onto 6th street (it gets very backed up). Unfortunately this just adds two lights that I might hit on my way to and from work.

Ryan Shumaker 1 year, 6 months ago

90% of the time they aren't needed, but during the morning or evening commute things get backed up really bad. This should help alleviate that quite a bit and was likely the cheapest solution to the congestion problem during those times. I recall there being some sort of traffic study done on the intersection in the not too distant past to try and figure out what to do.

Ron Holzwarth 1 year, 6 months ago

I think this is what you recall:

'Residents interested in plans for Sixth Street, K-10 interchange'

"Douglas County residents interested in the future of the area surrounding U.S. Highway 40 and the K-10 interchange turned out Thursday evening to get their questions answered during an informal open house.

The area transportation plan, which involves the county, city and Kansas Department of Transportation, will work to gather information about the potential for future development before recommending improvements to accommodate that growth. The plan also aims to address traffic flow and safety issues in the area."

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Zak Bolick 1 year, 6 months ago

My guess is that the demand that Rock Chalk Park will put on the intersection(s) had something to do with the new traffic lights.

Jean Robart 1 year, 6 months ago

It's about time! This has been needed badly for as long as I can remember.

Clark Coan 1 year, 6 months ago

It's a dangerous intersection and probably warrants the traffic light.

Beator 1 year, 6 months ago

A roundabout, with local artwork in the center, would have been more aesthetic and emotionally satisfying for motorists.

Fred Mion 1 year, 6 months ago

There have been many times I wished that intersection had a signal. I'm glad it's finally happening.

David Klamet 1 year, 6 months ago

Turning left from either exit during afternoon rush hour is a slow and difficult process. The line from the turnpike exit is always long, and people sometimes take chances crossing traffic to turn left.

On the northbound exit, it is difficult to tell which lane the westbound cars are in, making that turn difficult, too.

Thankfully, the city didn't try to put in roundabouts here, but lights here should be more a help than hindrance. At least at rush hour.

Brett McCabe 1 year, 6 months ago

The lights are needed at rush hour. What was needed more was a better plan to being with - like a rotary interchange so that 90% of the cars could continue on without stopping. 6th street is starting to look as well planned as 119th or 151st in Olathe/Overland Park.

Michael Rowland 1 year, 6 months ago

I believe they're expecting the entire area to develop over the years and they are planning ahead. They recently put up traffic lights at 6th and George Williams and they have been rather helpful in the mornings and evenings. Remember, that is where Rock Chalk Park is going in, so it would help with traffic control as events start. Additionally, in the next year or so they'll put in the interchange for K-10 to Bob Billings, along with a stoplight at Bob Billings and George Williams. The plan there is to make K-10 and Bob Billings be a main route for getting to campus from the west, as it would be a straight shot to get to the visitor's center from there.

Mark Rainey 1 year, 6 months ago

K-10 and Bob Billings will cross the multi-purpose path. Recreation paths crossing highways makes for a dangerous experience. The path should be a place to go avoid the cars, safe for children. I hope this intersection is given more thought than the other 2 highway crossings, the grade level crossing by the kids sport complex is a poor idea and has claimed lives & reduced path use.

Brett McCabe 1 year, 6 months ago

I'm in a weird spot. I support the idea of a beltway around Lawrence. And then people start forgetting the purpose of a beltway - which is to divert high-speed, non-local traffic away from locals. The additional stop at 15th is a bad idea. The configuration at 6th is ridiculous. It's as if no one has ever designed a road before.

If you want to see a real travesty, go by Langston Hughes at mid-afternoon. Again, it's like no one has ever seen how traffic flows at an elementary school before.

So what do we get? Stoplights. The cure all for all bad planning.

Lee Saylor 1 year, 6 months ago

Brett, Apparently you haven't been in Lawrence very long. According to many posters here, round-abouts are the cure all for all bad planning.

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