The City of Lawrence’s Neighborhood Traffic Management Program, which was established via Resolution 7272, is a comprehensive initiative that aims to maintain or improve existing neighborhood environments through the application of the 5 Es; Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Evaluation and Engineering.

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Revisions Coming to the Old West Lawrence Traffic Calming Pilot Project

The Neighborhood Traffic Management Pilot Project team has developed revisions to the Old West Lawrence traffic calming plan. The community was able to review and discuss the revisions with the project team at a public open house on January 25th. Based on feedback heard from the community and review of the before and after traffic data, the plan has been refined to address specific concerns. Traffic speed and volume data will again be collected after the revisions to the traffic calming plan are implemented in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the revised plan and determine what, if any, traffic calming devices would be recommended for permanent installation. The revisions to the traffic calming plan are anticipated to be installed starting on March 16th, 2022 and be complete by March 18th, 2022, subject to change due to weather.

Before and After Traffic Data (PDF) and Proposed Revisions Map (PDF)

Revisions to the Old West Lawrence Traffic Calming Fact Sheet (PDF)

Next Steps for the Old West Lawrence Traffic Calming Pilot Project

  1. Collect additional traffic data to determine the effectiveness of revisions to the current installation
  2. Implement revisions to the current installation during Spring Break
  3. Collect traffic data on the revised configuration
  4. Evaluate data and feedback on the revised configuration
  5. Present results and potential recommendations for permanent installation to the Multi Modal Transportation Commission
  6. Present results and potential recommendation for permanent installations to the City Commission  

Virtual Open House January 25, 2022

A virtual open house was held on Tuesday, January 25 to discuss the Neighborhood Traffic Management Pilot Program in Old West Lawrence. Over 250 members of the public attended the virtual open house and were able to discuss the project with City staff and the design consultant.  

Survey 

A Lawrence Listens survey was open for two weeks and almost 500 responses were received 

Program Efforts 

The Neighborhood Traffic Management Program uses a comprehensive approach to address unsafe driving on the City’s neighborhood streets: 

  • Speed limit reductions on many neighborhood streets 
  • Community outreach and media campaign 
  • Traffic law enforcement and education 
  • Temporary engineering solutions 
  • Evaluation with each approach 

Neighborhood Traffic Management Pilot Program 

Lawrence is taking a fresh approach to addressing traffic-related concerns within residential areas throughout the city. This pilot program aims to improve the quality of life by reducing speeding and cut-through traffic on local and collector streets. Other concerns related to traffic safety involving pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists may also be addressed with this program. 

Managing local traffic to enhance safety can be accomplished through a wide range of strategies including enforcement, education or physical infrastructure changes. Tools to involve in these strategies include automated speed radar signs, curb extensions/neckdowns, chicanes, speed cushions, traffic circles or mini-roundabouts, raised pedestrian crosswalks, signage, and more. Each of these strategies and tools are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and will consider type of street, surrounding land use, and existing traffic volumes of all modes. 

The Old West Lawrence neighborhood was selected as the first area for the pilot program, and the installation of temporary traffic control devices was completed in November of 2021. 

Safer Neighborhood Speeds Campaign 

The City of Lawrence launched the Safer Neighborhood Speeds education campaign in January 2021. The campaign’s overarching goal is to improve safety on neighborhood streets in Lawrence and focuses on reminding people driving to slow down, look out for others, and stop for people wanting to cross the street. The campaign closed in Fall of 2021 and a final report was presented to the Multi-Modal Transportation Commission in December 2021. 

Neighborhood Streets Speed Limit Reduction

25 mph speed limit signs were installed and implemented on all neighborhood streets in Lawrence in 2021. This change took place following a survey asking Lawrence residents about their preference for residential streets speed limits. Survey results showed that more than half of the 551 respondents preferred the speed limit be lowered from 30 mph. In March 2020, the Multi-Modal Transportation Commission voted unanimously to forward a. recommendation to the City Commission to change the local speeds to 25 mph. In October 2020, the City Commission approved Ordinance No. 9812 to lower the speed limit. 

Program Efforts

The Neighborhood Traffic Management Program uses a comprehensive approach to address unsafe driving on the City’s neighborhood streets:

  • Speed limit reductions on many neighborhood streets
  • Community outreach and media campaign
  • Traffic law enforcement and education
  • Temporary engineering solutions
  • Evaluation with each approach

Neighborhood Traffic Management Pilot Program

Lawrence is taking a fresh approach to addressing traffic-related concerns within residential areas throughout the city. This pilot program aims to improve the quality of life by reducing speeding and cut-through traffic on local and collector streets. Other concerns related to traffic safety involving pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists may also be addressed with this program.

Managing local traffic to enhance safety can be accomplished through a wide range of strategies including enforcement, education or physical infrastructure changes. Tools to involve in these strategies include automated speed radar signs, curb extensions/neckdowns, chicanes, speed cushions, traffic circles or mini-roundabouts, raised pedestrian crosswalks, signage, and more. Each of these strategies and tools are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and will consider type of street, surrounding land use, and existing traffic volumes of all modes.

The Old West Lawrence neighborhood was selected as the first area for the pilot program, and the installation of temporary traffic control devices began in November of 2021.

Safer Neighborhood Speeds Campaign

The City of Lawrence launched the Safer Neighborhood Speeds education campaign in January 2021. The campaign’s overarching goal is to improve safety on neighborhood streets in Lawrence and focuses on reminding people driving to slow down, look out for others, and stop for people wanting to cross the street. The campaign closed in Fall of 2021 and a final report will be presented to the Multi-Modal Transportation Commission in December 2021.

Neighborhood Streets Speed Limit Reduction

25 mph speed limit signs were installed and implemented on all neighborhood streets in Lawrence in 2021. This change took place following a survey asking Lawrence residents about their preference for residential streets speed limits. Survey results showed that more than half of the 551 respondents preferred the speed limit be lowered from 30 mph. In March 2020, the Multi-Modal Transportation Commission voted unanimously to forward a. recommendation to the City Commission to change the local speeds to 25 mph. In October 2020, the City Commission approved Ordinance No. 9812 to lower the speed limit.

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