Cindy Bodker says something’s off-kilter at 135th and Glenwood streets, where drivers enter the Corbin Park shopping area in Johnson County.
Heading south on Glenwood, facing the Von Maur store, she is perplexed by pavement markings that designate the right lane for turns only, while drivers can turn left or go straight from the inside lane.
“The problem is that from the left lane it is difficult to go straight ahead, as you would hit into the median on the other side or have to veer right to go into the driveway for Corbin Park,” said Bodker, who lives in Overland Park.
“Something doesn’t make sense about the design of this intersection.”
This isn’t the only spot in Overland Park where drivers must alter their path slightly as they cross an intersection, said city traffic engineer Brian Shields. But he said there’s good reason for reserving the outside lane for right turns: Way more cars turn right than go straight.
With a right-turn-only lane, Shields said, drivers can turn right on red “and not be stopped by a single car that wanted to go across the intersection.”
It’s not a straight shot across the intersection, he added, because the Corbin Park side has a landscaped median and the other side doesn’t.
Straight shot? The Watchdog will have two of those.
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