3-Trails Crossing sign seems to make no sense
07/16/2014 4:24 PM
07/18/2014 10:19 PM
As if the Handsome Hound isn’t edifying enough all year round, today he will ponder the word anachronism.
It’s defined as something or someone that is not in its correct historical or chronological time, especially something from the past that doesn’t belong.
Bill Keller thinks he’s found at least one on westbound Interstate 470 at the 3-Trails Crossing in southeast Kansas City.
It’s a large blue sign that advises motorists to provide a zone number to dispatchers in case of an emergency. Trouble is, Keller says, those zone signs disappeared during the reconstruction of what used to be known as the Grandview Triangle, where Interstates 470 and 435 meet U.S. 71.
“MoDOT should either put all those back or take down the sign announcing you should use the nonexistent direction finders,” said Keller, who lives in Pleasant Hill.
The Missouri Department of Transportation said the department and Kansas City Scout continue to use the zone signs, which were first installed when the department began overhauling the interchange in 2000.
“The signs were initially proposed by a Kansas City Police Department officer who saw a need to aid dispatchers and emergency responders in determining the location of incidents in the complex interchange,” said department spokesman Steve Porter. “It proved highly successful.”
Signs were removed and added as construction progressed, Porter said, but the department is reviewing the remaining signs to determine whether any adjustments are needed.
“We encourage anyone who is in a crash or has a breakdown to look forward or backward for the closest blue sign and give dispatchers that information,” Porter said. “By the way, the old Grandview Triangle — which was neither in Grandview nor a triangle — disappeared in 2007 when the 3-Trails Crossing fully opened.”
Speaking of anachronisms, the Watchdog is becoming more of one every day.
Do you have a problem or a question about a public issue? Write to the Watchdog, The Kansas City Star, Newsroom, 1729 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108, or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, phone number and city of residence.
Join the Discussion
The Kansas City Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.