Archive for Thursday, August 13, 2009

Letter to the editor

August 13, 2009

To the editor:

I read, with great interest, the article dated July 16 regarding the meeting with Baldwin City Council, Baldwin School Board, Mayor, Douglas County Commission and Kansas Department of Transportation to discuss concerns over the new 60 mph speed limit on U.S. Highway 56. Many residents, including myself, have voiced what we believe to be legitimate complaints about the new speed limit, particularly by the elementary school and from First Street to High Street.

I totally agree that the mindset of some drivers is “You better get out of my way.” Every time I’m driving U.S. 56 people pass me, and I’m going 63 or 64 mph, which leads me to believe they are driving — and passing — in excess of 70 mph.

I urge those who have the decision-making power to reconsider lowering the speed limit to 45 mph leaving Baldwin City in both directions on U.S. 56. Thank you for taking another look.

Linda Baccus

Baldwin City


hipgrrrrl 8 years, 8 months ago

Why did they raise the speed limit to 60, again? Are we getting ready for truck traffic from the intermodal?

I don't mind the speed limit being set at 60, but it does seem odd as surrounding roads are 55 mph. However, if the sales tax in Baldwin is set any higher, it will enable me to get elsewhere faster in order to buy my necessities.


sparky 8 years, 8 months ago

From what I've seen, this is one of the last roads in the area to be changed from 55 to 60. Some of the other roads around have even been changed to 65. But I'm right there with you, they keep saying shop locally, shop locally, shop locally, and oh by the way, while your shopping locally, we're going to tax you more.


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