<![CDATA[Columns & Blogs: The Watchdog | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/ en-us Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:57:06 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:57:06 CDT The Watchdog 60 During rush hour, left green arrow at 11th and Oak goes away http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article16348697.html#storylink=rss The lack of a left-turn arrow during rush hour makes it difficult to turn west onto 11th Street from northbound Oak Street, a reader says.

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Wed, 25 Mar 2015 23:50:28 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article16348697.html
Driver finds the timing of traffic lights ‘terrible’ on a stretch of Barry Road http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article15527174.html#storylink=rss Michael Grabowski dislikes the traffic signals on stretches of Barry Road west of U.S. 169 and east of Interstate 29. “If you drive the speed limit, you are able to stop at almost every light,” he said.

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Fri, 20 Mar 2015 18:20:45 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article15527174.html
Brown water filter has Piper homeowner seeing red http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article12659819.html#storylink=rss A dirty water filter caused Carl Payton to question the quality of his utility service, but the Board of Public Utilities said the water entering his house is clean.

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Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:55:13 CST http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article12659819.html
Holdup at I-35 interchange robs motorists of time http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article11377946.html#storylink=rss The holdup, Jan Wrolstad of Liberty says, occurs when she crosses the Missouri 291 bridge from east to west and gets into the left-turn lane for southbound Interstate 35 toward downtown Kansas City. Turns are possible only when the green arrow lights up.

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:20:41 CST http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article11377946.html
Deer signs on Kansas 10 have been taken down http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article10893086.html#storylink=rss Sharon O’Neill noticed something missing along Kansas 10: those yellow signs with a leaping deer that warn motorists to be careful of animals crossing the highway. No, the deer haven’t moved, but the thinking about deer signs certainly has.

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Sat, 21 Feb 2015 16:39:21 CST http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article10893086.html
Mixed signals lead to mix-up over traffic ticket for left turn http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article9707912.html#storylink=rss Brea Kleitz of Overland Park got a traffic ticket for turning left onto Wornall Road from westbound 75th Street. Kleitz said she had turned left with the traffic signal’s green arrow. A Kansas City police officer told her that a sign one short block east of Wornall, at 75th and Broadway, prohibited left turns onto Wornall for westbound 75th Street traffic between 4 and 6 p.m. The officer told her a traffic sign trumps a signal if they conflict.

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Tue, 10 Feb 2015 19:03:25 CST http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article9707912.html
Cable work turned an Independence yard into a long-lasting eyesore http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article8079741.html#storylink=rss In late 2013, AT&T or its contractor dug up a corner of Ronald Riedel’s yard to bring in new cable. The work was left unfinished at his house. Riedel called repeatedly and workers visited more than once, but the problem remained.

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Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:08:09 CST http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article8079741.html
Bits of hope for a bridge on 151st Street http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article7254473.html#storylink=rss Brian Frazier of Overland Park is the latest person to ask when the bridge on 151st Street between Kenneth and Holmes roads will be open again. After being dropped earlier, the project is back in Overland Park’s capital improvement plan. Kansas City is managing the project, which calls for the new bridge to be built just south of the current one.

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Sat, 17 Jan 2015 19:19:10 CST http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article7254473.html
Mission Road section will be eventually repaved and striped http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article5956323.html#storylink=rss Westwood resident Kate Kreamer says the lack of road striping creates a hazard for drivers going north on Mission Road between 39th Street and Interstate 35. The white lines that divide the two lanes have worn off, and drivers don’t seem to know whether there are two lanes or one lane on that side.

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Sat, 10 Jan 2015 19:35:25 CST http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article5956323.html
New interchange should make merging at Missouri 210 and I-435 less nerve-wracking http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article4925043.html#storylink=rss Nancy Rahfaldt of Lee’s Summit gets the jitters when she drives west on Missouri 210 and exits to southbound Interstate 435 in the Northland. The merge lane is very short before it runs into the entrance ramp from eastbound Missouri 210. The Missouri Department of Transportation says work on a diverging diamond interchange is to start there in 2016.

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Wed, 24 Dec 2014 13:59:29 CST http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article4925043.html
Privacy rights are a concern for driver stopped by police http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article4470099.html#storylink=rss William Harvey Forsyth of Lee’s Summit was asked by an officer for his Social Security number. Forsyth wants the city of Lake Tapawingo to redact that number from all written and computer records.

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Sat, 13 Dec 2014 16:56:57 CST http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article4470099.html
What happened to an Olathe school’s wind turbine? http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article4390713.html#storylink=rss Paul Weiss, who lives near Pioneer Trail Middle School in Olathe, noticed that a wind turbine was installed but wasn’t being used. It had been given to the Olathe School District for free, but it was broken. Then it was taken down. Weiss asks: Wouldn’t it be worth the money for the district to fix it and take energy off the grid?

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Tue, 09 Dec 2014 15:15:52 CST http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article4390713.html
Delayed coffee? That’s grounds for irritation http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article4254674.html#storylink=rss Storm damaged traffic signals on Blue Parkway in Lee’s Summt, causing driver to stop unnecessarily at 6 a.m. when there’s virtually no traffic. City has been addressing the issue, but it’s taken time to identify and replace faulty equipment.

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Tue, 02 Dec 2014 23:55:42 CST http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article4254674.html
Corbin Park intersection in Johnson County perplexes driver http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article4067371.html#storylink=rss Cindy Bodker thinks traffic would flow better if cars went straight ahead from the right lane instead of the left, but Overland Park says that would allow a single driver to hold up many more cars wanting to turn right on red.

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Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:00:15 CST http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article4067371.html
Streetcar detours at 19th and Main frustrate drivers http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article3936215.html#storylink=rss Barbara Roberts of Roeland Park works at a hospital east of the trouble zone and feels frustrated by the construction and its unpredictable lane and street closures. She is never certain of the best route to get from Interstate 35 to work and back.

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Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:32:42 CST http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article3936215.html
Signal at Johnson County Community College entrance keeps driver idling http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article3667233.html#storylink=rss Mark Puhak thinks he’s being stopped unnecessarily at the entrance to the community college when he approaches College Boulevard from the south on Quivira Road.

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Sat, 08 Nov 2014 17:48:09 CST http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article3667233.html
63rd Street has a left-turn arrow that takes motorists … nowhere http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article3501790.html#storylink=rss Dale Coy of Lee’s Summit has noticed that if he drives east on 63rd Street approaching Euclid Avenue in Kansas City, he sees a left-turn lane with an arrow on the pavement. But there isn’t a Euclid Avenue to the left. There’s just a grass field and a sign.

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Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:08:52 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article3501790.html
Visibility is often a problem for drivers northeast of downtown http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article3329602.html#storylink=rss Allison Moore of Kansas City asked about a visibility problem for eastbound motorists on Admiral Boulevard turning north, or left, onto Woodland Avenue. Vehicles parked on the west side of Woodland block the left-turning motorists’ view of oncoming traffic, she said.

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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:18:23 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article3329602.html
You’ve got mail, but no uniform http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article2768016.html#storylink=rss Richard Johns has noticed postal carriers aren’t always in uniform. One woman, he said, wore a zebra top and jeans. “If you didn’t see the truck, you would think she was breaking into the boxes,” he said.

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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:34:45 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article2768016.html
Loss of power frazzles Leawood traffic signal http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article2564640.html#storylink=rss Leawood resident Mary Lou Kaufmann noticed erratic behavior from the traffic signal at 83rd Street and Lee Boulevard. The city quickly reset the signal.

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Tue, 07 Oct 2014 18:34:06 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article2564640.html
Wornall, 135th intersection potholes will get fixed — starting next year http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article2515644.html#storylink=rss The intersection will be included in the second phase of an $8.8 million project by the Kansas City Public Works Department to improve 135th Street.

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Sat, 04 Oct 2014 20:57:03 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article2515644.html
South Kansas City intersection still baffles drivers http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article2220212.html#storylink=rss Motorists are going straight from the new left-turn-only lane at Red Bridge and Wornall roads. The city said it would freshen up the faded striping. But new striping at the edge of the street leaves the key problem unsolved.

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Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:19:48 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article2220212.html
Leawood parkway is designed for slower speeds http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article2130253.html#storylink=rss Tomahawk Creek Parkway is posted at 35 mph, but nearby Roe Avenue has a 45 mph speed limit. The difference is that Tomahawk bends.

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Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:50:47 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article2130253.html
Driver, Roeland Park officials send mixed signals on Roe Boulevard traffic lights http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article2101376.html#storylink=rss Gabrielle Beam said she encounters too many red lights in Roeland Park, but the city said the Roe Boulevard signals were synchronized just last year and are working well.

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Oops! Leawood trail signs disagree http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article2072294.html#storylink=rss contains illegal HTML markup:

Ed Roberts noticed that Leawood’s two signs on the Indian Creek recreational trail give different opening and closing times. The eastern sign, near the state line, says the trail opens a half hour after sunrise and closes a half hour before sunset. The western sign says it’s a half hour before sunrise until a half hour after sunset.

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Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:35:06 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article2072294.html
Bright ideas for striping roadways http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article1337571.html#storylink=rss Northland resident Emma J. Ludwig said she has perfect vision but often has trouble seeing lane markings at night, especially if it's raining. She wonders if the yellow and white lane markings could be put down with a reflective paint that would be more visible.

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Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:42:56 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article1337571.html
Bridge on Metcalf Avenue reopens, for good this time http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article1333543.html#storylink=rss Marjorie Bain of Stilwell wondered why the Metcalf Avenue bridge over the Blue River was closed again last month after having reopened only two months earlier. Couldn’t the work have been done when the bridge was closed before?

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Sat, 30 Aug 2014 20:38:58 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article1333543.html
A lot of barking about a south Kansas City intersection http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article1283284.html#storylink=rss A new left-turn-only lane was created to make turning easier from Wornall Road to Red Bridge Road, but faded stripes have many motorists befuddled.

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Sat, 23 Aug 2014 20:09:01 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article1283284.html
Speeders beware: Highway work zones never sleep http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article1240558.html#storylink=rss Gerald Gillihan of Overland Park wondered why a speeding motorist in a labeled work zone has to pay an additional fine even when no workers are present.

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Sat, 16 Aug 2014 21:28:15 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article1240558.html
Closed college track rankles KCK taxpayer http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article1217528.html#storylink=rss Terry Winchell knows his tax money helped build the track at Kansas City Kansas Community College, and he’s beyond irritated that the college won’t let him use it.

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Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:24:47 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/news-columns-blogs-the_watchdog/article1217528.html