A long time to make a left turn

07/24/2014 10:02 PM

07/24/2014 10:02 PM

The problem

Turning left is no problem for people of the Democratic persuasion, at least politically.

But Treva Knop of Louisburg has had a tough time going left onto 135th Street from southbound Antioch Road in Overland Park. She says it wasn’t always that way.

“Only three cars can make it though on the left-turn signal arrow before it changes,” she said. “Sometimes it is necessary, depending on the line of traffic, to wait two or more complete cycles before being able to make a left-hand turn on the green arrow.

“We retired people have better things to do besides sit in line to get out of town to the peace and quiet of the country.”

The answer

The traffic gods in Overland Park took a look and didn’t see people stuck through multiple signals, but they did find a stuck pedestrian button that shortened some of the “go” time for drivers.

It’s fixed now, though.

The Watchdog says that politically he’s in the middle of the road. But isn’t that where you’re most likely to get hit?

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