This morning as I drove on Sixth Street between Wakarusa and K-10, three Lawrence police cars were running a speed trap there. I drive this stretch twice daily, and I see the Lawrence police patrolling at least half the time I'm on it. Why is this necessary? When will the speed limit on West Sixth be raised and to what?
City Manager Mike Wildgen said police had been patrolling West Sixth Street during construction, at the request of the company doing the work. "LPD has routinely issued tickets in the 70s and 80s in the 40 mph zone," Wildgen said. Even though work does not occur every day, he said, the highway remains a construction zone. Trees still need to be planted in medians, for example. The Kansas Department of Transportation has not determined a permanent speed limit for the highway west of Wakarusa, said David Woosley, the city's traffic engineer. That limit will come after a speed this spring, once construction is complete.