The Watchdog knows how frustrating it is to be on the trail of something and then end up somewhere else entirely. (Yes, his keen snout fails him now and again, mostly when he catches a cold.)
Henry J. Smith of Raymore has run into a similar problem in Cass County. Southbound cars exiting I-49/U.S. 71 at North Cass Parkway have three lanes to use, one for right turns and two for left turns.
However, one of the left turns is extreme and will put you right back on the freeway. It’s unmarked, and on more than one occasion, Smith has come close to being hit by drivers crowding over to continue east. He thinks this calls for a little TLC from the Missouri Department of Transportation.
Well, the old Dog’s tail is really wagging now. MoDOT engineers just needed someone like Smith to bring this to their attention.
Senior traffic engineering specialist Cedrick C. Owens found that the street markings had nearly faded away. Owens wrote a work order for the agency’s striping crew to spruce up the markings. This should help point cars in the right direction.
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