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Traffic safety commission to consider KU stop signs


Stop signs, stop signs, or perhaps a stop light. Lawrence's Traffic Safety Commission is preparing for a discussion of all the above. Here's a look at some issues the advisory board is scheduled to debate at its 7 p.m. meeting on Nov. 3 at City Hall. ¢ A request for a pedestrian-activated signal at the intersection of Arrowhead Drive and Peterson Road. About 100 residents have signed a petition urging for an improvement at the intersection, which they contend is very difficult for pedestrians to cross. The city's traffic engineer said the intersection doesn't meet the traffic levels to warrant a signal, but he also noted that the City Commission recently has approved pedestrian crossings for other parts of town that have not met the recommended levels. ¢ Kansas University leaders have learned to love a set of stop signs that were recently installed to help with traffic concerns related to construction of The Oread, a hotel development at 12th and Indiana. KU is now asking that the temporary multi-way stop signs at the intersection of 11th and Louisiana and 11th and Mississippi streets be kept permanently. One of the reasons the university wants to keep the stop signs is because they believe they make the intersections more pedestrian friendly. So, that brings me to a question. What intersection or street do you think is the most difficult to cross? There are a few more issues that traffic safety commissioners will consider at next week's meeting. To see the complete agenda, click [here.][1] And just a reminder, all Traffic Safety Commission actions are just recommendations. The City Commission will make the final decisions at a later date. [1]: http://www.lawrenceks.org/advisory_boards/tsc/agendas/2008/11/03


KUGradStu 9 years, 7 months ago

I think KU should also consider adding a pedestrian-activated signal on 15 street just in front of Learned Hall. Drivers normally don't slow down and it is hard for pedestrians to make a decision if it is safe or not to cross the street.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 9 years, 7 months ago

What happened to roundabouts? I thought the City of Lawrence was dedicated to the proposition that all intersections should have a roundabout. What is happening here??

Fred Whitehead Jr. 9 years, 7 months ago

Roundabouts are cheaper than stop signs or stop lights. Isn't that what the gurus at city hall are trying to foist on us? Isn't that the truth, Dave Core-less????

Curtis Lange 9 years, 7 months ago

NO! to permanent stop signs at 11th & Louisiana and 11th & Mississippi. NO! Get rid of the ones at the traffic booths too. Hardly anyone stops for them as it is...and the back-ups people cause when they do stop are ridiculous.

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