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Sound Off: Sign miles

On new U.S. Highway 59 at mile marker 145, just north of U.S. Highway 56, there is a sign that says Lawrence 14 miles. The actual mileage to the Lawrence city limits is only nine miles. Why the difference?

The sign on Highway 56 is incorrect, said Eric Nichol, state traffic signing engineer at the Kansas Department of Transportation. It should read “Lawrence 10” miles, but the actual distance is between nine and 10 miles. KDOT’s policy says that these signs should measure from the sign to the city limit or urban limit; however, this sign does not violate federal regulations. KDOT plans to replace the sign during its 10-year cycle of replacing reflective signs.

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cheeseburger 1 year, 2 months ago

How difficult is it to measure the correct mileage?

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RaynRavyn 1 year, 2 months ago

Two towns near where I grew up each have a milage sign for the other. Each sign is exactly one mile from it's town's city limit. From the first to the second says 6 miles, but from the second to the first says 9... Who knows? I guess they get you close, though, if you aren't local, and if you are, it doesn't matter.

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gccs14r 1 year, 2 months ago

I think they used to post the mileage to a city's downtown, not the edge.

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buffalo63 1 year, 2 months ago

Maybe the 14 is the mileage to the city limit in North Lawrence.

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omnedon 1 year, 2 months ago

...that big city you get to at the 9 mile mark is the actual city...you can stop there instead of waiting until you get to the 14 mile mark in your trip....

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