Archive for Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Editorial: Tunnel plan a worthy project

Development of safer passage for bicyclists, pedestrians at 19th and Iowa should be approved.

October 17, 2017

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Lawrence city commissioners should approve a plan for a bicycle and pedestrian tunnel under the intersection of 19th and Iowa streets.

The tunnel would connect the University of Kansas’ main campus with its west campus and create safer crossing at one of Lawrence’s busiest intersections.

City Commissioners will consider the $2 million project during a workshop meeting today. The city has been awarded a $1.6 million state transportation grant that will pay for 80 percent of the project’s cost. The remaining $400,000 would be split between the city and the University of Kansas, which also is donating the required right-of-way for the project.

“This provides an opportunity for safety,” Lawrence City Engineer David Cronin said. “Iowa is the most heavily traveled street in Lawrence; it has the highest average daily traffic volume and it’s a state highway.”

The tunnel will connect the city’s shared-use path on the west side of Iowa Street with the shared-use path being added to the north side of 19th Street. The plan is for two tunnels — one on the east side of Iowa that goes under 19th Street and one on the south side that crosses underneath Iowa.

Design plans, including lighting and other issues, still have to be finalized. If the project is approved, the city will gather community input before proceeding.

“We are still looking at design options, and all those details would be determined later once we got into design,” Cronin said.

Tentative plans are for construction to begin next summer, when the city begins work to reconstruct 19th Street from Iowa Street to Naismith Drive. There isn’t an estimate yet of how long the tunnel would take to complete.

City staff is recommending that the commission accept the state grant for the project and use budgeted 2017 pedestrian/bicycle funds as the local match.

Given that a state grant will fund most of the project and that the University of Kansas is on board as the city’s partner, there appear to be few downsides to the tunnel project. City commissioners should accept the grant and approve the city’s share of the funding during the workshop meeting today.

Comments

Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 months, 1 week ago

This is a stupid, expensive and un-needed project. Another "black hole" (with lights) for our tax money.

All for the benefit of people too occupied or stupid to realize that the proper crossing procedure is........!. Stand on a corner with a stop light 2. WAIT FOR THE LIGHT TO TURN GREEN. 3 Look and listen before stepping off the curb. 4 Walk carefully across the street.

What could be more correct? This wasteful and ignorant spending of our tax money for disconnected people is simply outrageous as the side walks to nowhere all around the city.

Katie Vanalstine 3 months, 1 week ago

The only issue is that people on both sides might fail to follow traffic rules for either pedestrians or vehicle operators.
My suggestion is to take this tunnel and make it a bridge so its safer and probably more cost effective to build than digging a tunnel

David Holroyd 3 months, 1 week ago

What would one expect from a liberal newspaper with a liberal editor/manager and of course suuport for kU at any cost.

Bob Smith is correct...Doggle meet Boon..incestuous cousins, working in the Planning Department

Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 months, 1 week ago

LIBERAL??????????? The Journal0-World????????????The Lawrence Daily journal-World???????????..............LIBERAL??????????

Man.......!! What the hell have you been smoking????

"David........we know you are really "Bob" No one else would ever make such a damned fool statement about THIS news rag.....

Bob Smith 3 months, 1 week ago

"David........we know you are really "Bob" No one else would ever make such a damned fool statement about THIS news rag....." That's one more thing you are completely wrong about, Fred.

Bob Summers 3 months, 1 week ago

Fred is Bob. It is only obvious.

(pronoun here) plays Fred and Bob against one another to strengthen (pronoun here) cover.

Frankly. It could be that Richard is Fred. This all has the tell tail signs of a nested clandestine enigma, wrapped in profound Trans-Neptunian shading.

Rick Masters 3 months, 1 week ago

David is the only real person here. Everybody else is fake. Please keep up.

Bob Smith 3 months ago

You just stated that you are a fake person.

Mike Green 3 months ago

A busy intersection - for cars. I see very little pedestrian traffic there. Harvard & Iowa has a great deal of foot traffic, and accidents.

Kevin Kelly 3 months ago

Basketball foot traffic. Follow the cash. Upkeep and maintenance will be 50/50?

Bob Summers 3 months ago

This will work out great for the Morlocks in town. But, what about the Eloi?

Bob Summers 3 months ago

Where will the Eloi go for their safe space away from the Morlocks?

Gary Stussie 3 months ago

"connect the University of Kansas’ main campus with its west campus" ... KU Endowment ($Billions) ... Lawrence Transportation fund ($27 bucks) ... one would expect 2 non-KU Lawrence residents/month to use these tunnel. Why are taxpayers paying so that KU can utilize more of its parking areas for special events?

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