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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.