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Should there be a center turn lane on Iowa Street between Harvard Road and University Drive?

Asked at The Merc, 901 Iowa St. on March 10, 2010

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Photo of Don Wagner

“I definitely think we need more turning lanes in Lawrence to move traffic around.”

Photo of Merle Zuel

“Absolutely, it’s a menace and a safety hazard.”

Photo of Jennifer Harris

“Yes, I think there should be to make it easier to get to that neighborhood.”

Photo of Lisa Collins

“Because of all the traffic, I think there probably needs to be (one).”


RoeDapple 8 years, 2 months ago

^^^ Like what you've done with your hair Multi


imagold 8 years, 2 months ago

Yes, there should be a turn lane in that area. And also, no left turns onto Iowa from any intersection without a light. Or at least during the rush hours.

LogicMan 8 years, 2 months ago

Definitely, but it's too bad folk will loose more of their already tiny front yards especially on the east side. Maybe every third house needs to be bought out and removed to provide the surviving two neighbors with side yards, and with consolidated driveways (curbcuts)/turn-arounds (so they don't have to back out onto Iowa).

sassykansan 8 years, 2 months ago

We need a turn light on 6th and Iowa. I always get stuck there.

ahimsa 8 years, 2 months ago

Between Harvard Road and 9th Street is the real problem. There are way too many exits onto Iowa St from the businesses. Since the Merc has been there and the T stops added, it has become more and more dangerous for the increasing number of pedestrians in the area. Do we have to wait for someone to be killed?

Flap Doodle 8 years, 2 months ago

There should be a center turn lane on my biscuit.

Rae Hudspeth 8 years, 2 months ago

First, we should make sure that the use of center turn lanes is covered in drivers ed and the continuing tests. I can't believe how many people I see who don't know how to use a turn lane slamming on their brakes before they decide to get into the turn lane. Or waiting for traffic to clear from both directions instead of using it for a halfway run to the other side.

Didn't they ever play Frogger?

Stuart Evans 8 years, 2 months ago

close the entrances to every street between Harvard and 15th Or as some have suggested, no left turns into those streets.

fully_baked 8 years, 2 months ago

The Commission didn't "cave" to the neighborhood the last time this idea was put forth, they just sided with common sense and made the better decision. Putting a left turn lane there reduces one safety risk (car-car accidents on Iowa) but increases another (car-pedestrian accidents on University and Stratford). Those streets have and will continue to have tons of foot traffic on them and crossing them, throughout the day, and night, because of their proximity to campus. Those pedestrians aren't any better at walking safely than Iowa Street drivers are at driving safely, all of them -- walkers and drivers -- are distracted by their cell phones most of the time. Drivers, though, have some protection from serious injury provided by their cars. Reducing the car-car safety risk on Iowa can be achieved by other measures that would not increase the pedestrian risk on those streets, such as by the ways suggested above, like closing the entrances to those streets from Iowa, or, prohibiting left turns onto those streets during most hours of the day. That is why the Commission passed on the left-turn lane idea the last time, and I suspect that it will do so again this time.

persevering_gal 8 years, 2 months ago

Yes!! While we're at it, fix the potholes over in that area...and not with that cheap gravel/sand crap. They last no longer than a week or two!

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