Tom McKittrick of Lee’s Summit has not one, not two, but three concerns about 31st Street in Kansas City.
The light at Main Street doesn’t stay green long enough for 31st Street drivers. Twenty-five cars might be waiting, but only a few get through. For those lucky dogs on Main Street, sometimes 30 to 40 cars can get through.
When the city repaved Broadway/Penn Valley Drive, it made room for only about four southbound cars to turn left onto eastbound 31st. The rest can’t enter the left turn lane until the other southbound traffic moves.
According to the signs, no parking is allowed on eastbound 31st from Broadway to Prospect Avenue between 4 and 6 p.m. except right in front of the bars between Gillham Road and Oak Street. This creates a backup almost to Main during rush hour.The answer
A three-part question demands a three-part answer.
At Main, the traffic light is running an 80-second cycle, with 31st Street getting 15 to 27 seconds, said Sean Demory of the city’s Public Works Department.
Two factors work in favor of Main Street: traffic volume plus “pre-emption” for MAX buses, which means the lights on Main are more likely to turn green as a bus approaches.
“The 65/35 split seems to be a good balance at this intersection,” Demory said.
The intersection at Broadway was recently updated by the Parks and Recreation Department, and a painted-off median became an actual island median, according to Jimmi Lossing with Parks and Recreation.
Demory said it’s probably too unwieldy to expand the turn lane because it would mean removing part of the island. Parks and Rec doesn’t plan any changes right now.
But, hey, third time’s a charm. By speaking up, Tom got this parking problem fixed near what’s known as Martini Corner. The signs prohibiting parking from 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. were missing, but now they’re back.
The Watchdog says if one out of three situations goes your way, it’s probably a good day.