Frank Baker, who lives nearby in the Village of Deer Creek townhomes, sees a recurring problem north of 135th Street along Glenwood Street in Overland Park.
He says traffic often backs up on southbound Glenwood as drivers approach 135th Street. Then that line of cars blocks people coming off 135th and trying to turn left into the retail area that includes Wil Jenny’s and Nick and Jake’s restaurants.
Baker thinks southbound traffic on Glenwood would clear out faster if the lanes were used differently.
The left lane now is for left turns only. The right lane serves drivers turning right and those going across 135th into the Corbin Park shopping area. The unhappy result, he says, is that people turning right onto 135th get stuck behind those waiting to go straight into Corbin Park.
Why, he asks, can’t the right lane be reserved for those turning right and the left lane be used by those turning left and going straight?
Well, why not?
The experts at Overland Park City Hall studied the traffic flow and agreed that the overwhelming majority of cars are turning, right or left, and not going straight.
“We will go ahead and make the right-most lane a right-turn-only lane, so that will hopefully help keep traffic flowing better,” said city traffic engineer Brian Shields.
As it is, one person going straight can block five people who want to turn right on red. With all the work associated with the start of school, Shields said, it probably will be the end of the month before crews can make the changes.
The Watchdog says congestion is the price you pay for prosperity. Where the storefronts are empty, you don’t see traffic jams.
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