Prairie Village traffic enforcement officials say they are reviewing the decision to install three traffic signs on a roundabout island in a lightly trafficked neighborhood east of SM East.
Resident Carla Ingraham complained to the city in February after she and her neighbors woke up to find three “Keep Right” signs installed in the island at the intersection of 76th Street and Mohawk Drive. The island already had a street sign planted in its center.
“Our intersection now has the appearance of a busy, urban street instead of the quiet, lightly traveled suburban street that it is,” Ingraham wrote city councilors Ted Odell and David Belz in February. “Children play on this median, host lemonade stands, neighbors walk their dogs on this median and gather for impromptu visits. However, with FOUR signs on this little strip of land, the median looks more like a cage and is obstructed and unsafe”
On Tuesday, Prairie Village Police Chief Wes Jordan said he and Captain Wes Lovett had personally gone to visit the site, and decided to revisit the decision to install the signs. The signs went in earlier this year after a traffic officer, who was in the neighborhood to look for SM East students parking illegally in the neighborhood, noticed many drivers were heading the wrong way around the island. Ingraham acknowledged that some of the homeowners who live on the roundabout will take a shortcut on the rotary when they pull out of their driveways, but said that in 23 years of living in her home she’d never seen any accidents.
“We asked for the signs to educate drivers and mitigate potential accidents,” Jordan wrote the city council on Tuesday. “I do realize the area already has numerous signs…let us go back to the drawing board and see if we can do something that appears to be less cluttered. I would hope that we could find a balance to provide traffic direction while taking aesthetics into consideration.”