Sound Off

Sound Off: Will traffic be stopped on Wakarusa Drive for Free State’s Homecoming Parade this week?

Sgt. Trent McKinley, Lawrence police spokesman, provided this answer: “There are no plans for southbound traffic on Wakarusa being stopped during the full course of the parade. Brief intermittent road closures will be necessary to align the parade in the northbound lanes and to pass safely through intersections. Practices of distributing candy to spectators is also being examined, as this is often times the cause of conflicts with motorists, spectators and parade participants.”


Janis Pool 5 years, 5 months ago

The city should close the road if "conflicts" are already known. Homecoming parades are part of the high school experience, i.e. they are not going away, so they should be accomodated. There are alternate routes available for standard trafic for those couple of hours.

kernal 5 years, 5 months ago

"Homecoming parades are part of the high school experience,..." I don't know of anyone whose high school had homecoming parades in a town the size of Lawrence, or larger, since the early 1960's. When they halt traffic during business hours, like LHS did last week on Mass, maybe we need to reconsider this "part of the high school experience".

hooligan01 5 years, 5 months ago

Sure, lets halt traffic for the high school. They only picked one of the busiest roads in Lawrence to do this on. Maybe the LHS one next year can be on Iowa street. Use a different road if it's such a big "experience".

Clickker 5 years, 5 months ago

Like you REALLY need to drive down Mass or Waki during the 10 minutes they are shut down!?!? Gimme a break.

2damhapy46 5 years, 5 months ago

The candy is part of a parade and adds to the fun for all. The problem is the 40-45 mph traffic traveling within feet of our children. The parades are not even a one hour inconvenience for our community, which I feel the majority of Lawrence would be in favor of for our homecomings. Many people showed up to watch the LHS parade on Mass St. last week and I know they will be watching Free State High on Wakarusa this week too! Let's make it safe and either stop traffic or at least slow down.

FlintHawk 5 years, 5 months ago

kernal and hooligan: You sound like a couple of old fuddy-duddies!! I say close the road, let the kids enjoy their youth and let the rest of us enjoy their enthusiasm.

kernal 5 years, 5 months ago

Tell that to FedEx, UPS and the OTR drivers trying to make deliveries and those who had business downtown or at the Courthouse. On a Saturday, I'd say, "Great, let's do it!"

James Bart 5 years, 5 months ago

There has been a serious injury that was avoidable by closing BOTH North and Southbound lanes. Drivers and pedestrians can distracted by the parade and create a very unsafe environment that could easily be avoided!

asixbury 5 years, 5 months ago

The area on Wakarusa by the high school is not that busy traffic-wise. Most of the cars traveling that way are going to Walmart or the high school any way, which have other entrances. What's the big deal on closing a road for such a short time?

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