The Watchdog

June 4, 2014

Misaligned intersection leaves every dog for himself

Slanted lanes at Barry Road and Ambassador Drive create the illusion of traffic flowing from the right lane to the center lane. Drivers assume they have a right of way and change lanes without signaling or yielding, so drivers in the left lane have to brake to avoid an accident.

The problem

Deb Svoboda of Kansas City, North, says misaligned lane lines confuse eastbound drivers at Barry Road and Ambassador Drive.

Slanted lanes create the illusion of traffic flowing from the right lane to the center lane. Drivers assume they have a right of way and change lanes without signaling or yielding, so drivers in the left lane have to brake to avoid an accident.

Svoboda suggests adding signs and redrawing the lane lines to increase safety and awareness for drivers in this dog-eat-dog intersection.

The solution

Sean Demory of the Kansas City Public Works Department asked a traffic engineer to drive through the intersection and agreed that the lines were offset.

“To clarify the eastbound through lanes from the west side to the east side of the intersection, our traffic engineers have put in a work order to paint white dotted lines identifying the shift,” said Demory in an email.

Demory thanked Svoboda for bringing the issue to light.

The Watchdog hopes that the intersection will soon be as clean as a hound’s tooth.

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