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Sound Off: Stop Sign

After the extension of Delaware Street between Eighth and Ninth streets was opened, a stop sign was installed — as well as pavement markings — at the intersection of Ninth and Delaware. Recently, the stop sign disappeared (but pavement markings remain), and now there is confusion among drivers as to who has the right-of-way. Can the city clarify and either re-install the stop sign or remove the markings to make it clear to drivers?

The intersection currently has a yield sign for eastbound traffic which is usually appropriate for a “T” intersection with good sight distance, according to Roger Steinbock of the city of Lawrence. Any time there is a change in traffic control, it takes a period of time for motorists to adjust, he said, but the intersection will be monitored to determine if additional traffic control, or changes, are needed.


hail2oldku 5 years, 6 months ago

The pavement markings on Delaware can cause some confusion since there is a solid stop marking before the crosswalk. It makes sense that traffic on Delaware proceed without having to stop, but get rid of those markings which under USDOT uniform traffic codes indicate that the driver should stop before entering the intersection. While they are monitoring the traffic at that location, they should note the number of drivers that come out of and going into the property on the east side of Delaware. I don't know how many near misses I've seen because people drive into that property from 9th street or out of that property in any direction without yielding. Someone is going to be badly injured someday, and unfortunately being in the right is going to change the pain that may be suffered.

Take_a_letter_Maria 5 years, 6 months ago

I saw one of those near misses this morning hail. Some guy in a Jeep took some nice evasive action to avoid being hit by a pick-up truck coming out of the Star Signs area. It would have been a good one given the size of the vehicles that would have been involved.

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