Sound Off

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.


Chris Phillips 4 years, 10 months ago

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

buffalo63 4 years, 10 months ago

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

gccs14r 4 years, 10 months ago

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

Randy Leonard 4 years, 10 months ago

Does it make you feel better about yourself to put someone else down like that? Exactly how large do you think that salary might be? State employees haven't had a raise in over 10 years. The engineers with the state make 30-40% less than those in similar positions in the private sector and significantly less than state employees in neighboring states. At one time Kansas drew engineers in from the other states in the region and now they are leaving for Oklahoma, Texas, and even Missouri. BTW-there are numerous ways that the distances for those signs are determined and it changes over time. As someone else above mentioned it is often measured to the downtown area.

Maddy Griffin 4 years, 10 months ago

Did I miss a deleted comment? Who is putting anyone down? Must be a rant.

RaynRavyn 4 years, 10 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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