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Lawrence City Commissioners are considering a route for extending 31st Street from Haskell Avenue to O’Connell Road to alleviate east-west traffic congestion. Which route do you prefer?

Response Percent Votes
A straight line near Mary’s Lake.
51% 189
A quarter-mile south to avoid Mary’s Lake.
32% 119
Don’t extend 31st Street.
12% 45
Consider an alternative.
4% 17
Total 370


SteelHorseRider 10 years, 6 months ago

Anything less than four lanes or a bypass is worthless for the longterm reduction of traffic problems/improvement of traffic flow.

Richard Heckler 10 years, 6 months ago

Avoid Mary's lake and Prairie Paek Nature Center to avoid any kind of resistance. The Park Department has well over $1,000,000( one million) invested in that property. Why screw it up?

Due to the fact that it is running though a neighborhood use a 3 lane design not four.

*There are a number of potential benefits relating to a three-lane roadway section including:
- Improved Vehicle Safety - Improved Pedestrian Safety - Traffic Calming - Improved Emergency Response Time - Potential Bike Accommodation - Relatively inexpensive

*Improved Vehicle Safety This potential benefit is self explanatory. There is an elimination of drivers changing lanes to pass slower vehicles. Speeds are limited by the speed of the lead vehicle. This will reduce the number of side-swipes. Also reduced are the number of rear-end crashes, as vehicles are now using the left-turn lane. Studies have shown a reduction in the total number of crashes ranging from 17 to 62 percent

The severity of the crashes has also decreased.

*Improved Pedestrian Safety
Pedestrian may benefit because they have fewer lanes of traffic to cross and because motor vehicles are likely to be moving more slowly. Currently there may not be room for placement of sidewalks within the vicinity of the roadway; by reducing the number of lanes, right of ways may have room to provide pedestrian facilities.

*The three-lane configuration allows pedestrians to focus on one-lane of traffic at a time and medians or left-turn lanes can provide a refuge for pedestrians if needed.

*While the left-turn lanes are active lanes, they would have lower traffic volumes and slower speeds.

  • Three-lane roadways create a more comfortable environment for pedestrians with less noise due to slower and more consistent traffic speeds.

Traffic Calming * Studies show that narrow roadways decrease the speed motorists feel comfortable traveling. In fact, studies found a dramatic reduction of excessive speeding (five miles per hour or faster).

*Another result of the three-lane configuration is lower speed variability which creates a more predictable and consistent travel environment.

  • Improved Emergency Response Time
    Emergency vehicles may use the left-turn lane as a means to travel unimpeded along a busy roadway.

*Potential Bike Accommodation and Streetscape The reduction in roadway cross section may provide additional room for use as a bike lane.

*In addition, the change could create opportunities for visual enhancements and streetscape improvements.

Steve Mechels 10 years, 6 months ago

Nobody in Lawrence will use it; O'connell already has one traffic circle with a second one planned ;)

OnlyTheOne 10 years, 6 months ago

SteelHorseRider so you're saying that the two lane section of the "road-to-nowhere" is worthless....

Scott Drummond 10 years, 6 months ago

Note, by the way, the insidious bias contained in the set up of the poll. The desired result is presented as choice one & then several alternatives split the vote of the 1/2 of the participants that do not favor the straight through/Mary's Lake approach & viola, we have a "majority" that supports the proposed route. Gee, where have I seen that trick before?

Richard Heckler 10 years, 5 months ago

Three-fourths of Americans believe that being smarter about development and improving public transportation are better long-term solutions for reducing traffic congestion than building new roads, according to a survey sponsored by the National Association of Realtors® and Smart Growth America.

The 2007 Growth and Transportation Survey details what Americans think about how development affects their immediate community. Nearly three-quarters of Americans are concerned about the role growth and development play in climate change, as well as remaining concerned about traffic congestion. Half of those surveyed think improving public transit would be the best way to reduce congestion, and 26 percent believe developing communities that reduce the need to drive would be the better alternative. Only one in five said building new roads was the answer.

Read more about 2007 Growth And Transportation Survey

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