<![CDATA[The Watchdog: Columns & Blogs | KansasCity.com &]]> http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/watchdog-blog/ en-us Tue, 22 Dec 2015 18:44:35 CST http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Tue, 22 Dec 2015 18:44:35 CST The Watchdog 60 interactive-ops@herald-leader.com During rush hour, left green arrow at 11th and Oak goes away http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/watchdog-blog/article16348697.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 23:50:28 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/watchdog-blog/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/watchdog-blog/article15527174.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 18:20:45 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/watchdog-blog/article15527174.html Brown water filter has Piper homeowner seeing red http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/watchdog-blog/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/watchdog-blog/article12659819.html
Holdup at I-35 interchange robs motorists of time http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/watchdog-blog/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/watchdog-blog/article11377946.html
Deer signs on Kansas 10 have been taken down http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/watchdog-blog/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/watchdog-blog/article10893086.html
Mixed signals lead to mix-up over traffic ticket for left turn http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/watchdog-blog/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/watchdog-blog/article9707912.html
Cable work turned an Independence yard into a long-lasting eyesore http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/watchdog-blog/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/watchdog-blog/article8079741.html
Bits of hope for a bridge on 151st Street http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/watchdog-blog/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/watchdog-blog/article7254473.html
Mission Road section will be eventually repaved and striped http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/watchdog-blog/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/watchdog-blog/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/watchdog-blog/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/watchdog-blog/article4925043.html
Privacy rights are a concern for driver stopped by police http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/watchdog-blog/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/watchdog-blog/article4470099.html
What happened to an Olathe school’s wind turbine? http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/watchdog-blog/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/watchdog-blog/article4390713.html
Delayed coffee? That’s grounds for irritation http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/watchdog-blog/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/watchdog-blog/article4254674.html
Corbin Park intersection in Johnson County perplexes driver http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/watchdog-blog/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/watchdog-blog/article4067371.html
Streetcar detours at 19th and Main frustrate drivers http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/watchdog-blog/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/watchdog-blog/article3936215.html
Signal at Johnson County Community College entrance keeps driver idling http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/watchdog-blog/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/watchdog-blog/article3667233.html
63rd Street has a left-turn arrow that takes motorists … nowhere http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/watchdog-blog/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/watchdog-blog/article3501790.html
Visibility is often a problem for drivers northeast of downtown http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/watchdog-blog/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/watchdog-blog/article3329602.html
You’ve got mail, but no uniform http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/watchdog-blog/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/watchdog-blog/article2768016.html
Loss of power frazzles Leawood traffic signal http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/watchdog-blog/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/watchdog-blog/article2564640.html