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Leawood parkway is designed for slower speeds

A deer sculpture is part of this curve on Tomahawk Creek Parkway in Leawood.
A deer sculpture is part of this curve on Tomahawk Creek Parkway in Leawood. The Kansas City Star

The problem

Leawood resident Steve Katz wants to know why, between 119th Street and College Boulevard, the speed limit is lower on Tomahawk Creek Parkway than on nearby Roe Avenue.

Tomahawk Creek, he notes, has expansive grass medians, far larger than any on Roe.

The answer

The curves on Tomahawk Creek are the main reason for the lower speed limit there — 35 mph versus 45 mph on Roe, said Leawood public works director Joe Johnson.

Johnson said divided streets that are posted at 45 mph — like Roe, Nall and College — are straight with signals at the major intersections.

Tomahawk Creek, he said, was designed with relatively short, tight curves that call for lower speeds.

“It was also meant to be more scenic than other divided roadways.”

The Watchdog says Royals pitchers might want to borrow some of those curves.

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