No, it’s not a joke the Kansas DOT is playing on truckers and motorists — nor any kind of sophisticated speed trap. Click through the thumbnail of the picture at right here for a story from the Olathe News on the Kansas City Star’s website about Gastinger Walker Harden architect Joel Marquardt’s Art-n-R-Park public art project/series, of which this curious sign is part.
It sits on Roe Boulevard between West 48th Street and I-35 in Roeland Park, Kan., no doubt grabbing the attention of speed-limit-abiding drivers and scofflaws alike, I imagine. But while it might be novel on a public roadway, shopping malls and parking lots have been doing this sort of thing for years, crafting speed signs with top speed limits as low as 3 miles per hour to get drivers’ attention. I’m immediately reminded of a sign on the drive into the Opry Mills/Opryland Hotel complex off Briley Parkway in Nashville, whose 24-mph limit always left me looking down at my speedometer and, of course, wondering at the significance of the limit.
Could be a suggestion for your Congressman. Rather than require speed-limiting technology in your trucks, what if the nation just swapped out the speed limit signs every year or so with slight adjustments? Would a 69 mph sign get your attention? 71?
Affected trucks include model year 2008-2018 Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star 4700, 4900, 5700 and 6900 trucks. DTNA says after hard brake applications, the brake light pressure switch may not activate the brake lights with the light application of the brake pedal.