Nancy Williams of Shawnee often goes west on Interstate 435 to Kansas 10, and she finds the series of exits to Interstate 35, Lackman Road and K-10 confusing.
Although Williams thinks the right lane of westbound I-435 is essentially an exit-only lane at Lackman, there’s no sign to say so, and Williams wants to know why.
That particular lane isn’t very long, and the Kansas Department of Transportation doesn’t consider it a true exit-only lane.
“This lane’s purpose is not to serve as an added through lane for westbound I-435 mainline traffic. This exit lane was created only for the purpose of traffic exiting to Lackman Road from westbound I-435,” said KDOT public affairs manager Kim Qualls.
KDOT thinks the current signs are sufficient. They have been in place since the early 1980s, when that part of the highway opened, Qualls said.
The Watchdog agrees that the stretch before K-10 can be a challenge. A minute’s inattention will get you heading to Shawnee instead of Lawrence. Not good if you're a KU basketball fan.
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