Sound Off

Sound Off: Does the city have plans to install a traffic light at George Williams Way and Sixth Street? It’s difficult and dangerous to turn west from George Williams Way, and circuitous to use the light at Stoneridge. Another alternative would be K-10 access from Bob Billings.

Megan Gilliand, a spokeswoman for the city, provided this answer: The intersection of Sixth Street and George Williams Way is not currently planned for signalization. Traffic demands do not currently warrant signalization. The Kansas Department of Transportation is developing plans for an interchange at K-10 and Bob Billings Parkway, which is tentatively scheduled for construction in 2014 or 2015. The city’s multiyear capital plan includes $1 million in debt authority from the city as part of a planned partnership with KDOT on the K-10/Bob Billings Parkway project, which is estimated to cost $15 to $17 million.


KS 5 years, 10 months ago

This just moves the problem over to Bob Billings Parkway which will become a race track. There has already been a fatality on that street.

Tim Quest 5 years, 10 months ago

Roundabouts are the answer to that, obviously.

whatever95 5 years, 10 months ago

I believe people have to die (not sure of the number) before a traffic light gets installed.

whatadrag 5 years, 10 months ago

Not quite,

Section 4C.08 Warrant 7, Crash Experience "B. Five or more reported crashes, of types susceptible to correction by a traffic control signal, have occurred within a 12-month period, each crash involving personal injury or property damage apparently exceeding the applicable requirements for a reportable crash;"

average 5 years, 10 months ago

Sorry, the shiny new thing is putting stoplights to a corn field two miles west of Wakarusa. As now 'not the shiny new thing', the rest of us welcome you to east Lawrence development pace.

Joe Berns 5 years, 10 months ago

AMEN. I'm tired of all the "new" lights on 6th street. Wasn't too long ago you the last light west out of town was at Wakarusa and it was quick and easy to get to the turnpike. Now we have stoplights every other block it seems and it slows down traffic.

Progress is nice, but we don't need the lights.

average 5 years, 10 months ago

Can I ask if you've tried crossing Sixth some day around 5 or 6 (say at 6th/Crestline or 6th/Gateway without a light) to see if your "normally be able to cross" is realistic? Or is that just what you feel is right? I'd invite you to try it, but I don't want you getting hurt.

I use that intersection a lot. Youngish and healthy, I'd be well-enough served by a pedestrian refuge in the middle (since you can't turn left onto NB Schwarz anyway) and going half-and-half without a light. For the two people I know who cross daily with electric wheelchairs? Not so much.

average 5 years, 10 months ago

The length of the red light on Sixth is in fact 45 seconds if the button is pushed (30 if it's tripped by a car on Schwarz), and not four minutes.

squawkhawk 5 years, 10 months ago

Could use a light at the intersection of Louisiana and 31st streets. This gets really backed up in all directions during the rush hour.

notorious_agenda 5 years, 10 months ago

Pretty soon one of those directions will be no more. Going east from that intersection you will drive right into a wetland at that point. It's the perfect example of why we have needed the SLT for a decade. Everyone hates dealing with 23rd street traffic, and the new signal light control system where they can change it on a whim to stop you at every single light. As a result they go to 31st street because of the fact that even with the long line at the stop sign it's faster.

jesse499 5 years, 9 months ago

No more than drivers pay attention to the driving laws keeping right except to pass on multi -lane highways, turning in to the nearest lane, headlights on when wippers or on,speed limits ,and stop lights or signs just to name a few they would just run the light anyway!

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