Mayor Fischer will allow project to proceed 06/01/12
Click here to read the full press release from the Mayor's office and Metro Public Works
View Guest Editorial on WDRB on 02/17/12
The Brownsboro Road Reconfiguration Project affects Brownsboro Road between N. Ewing and Drescher Bridge Avenue. The project will take the northeast lane of Brownsboro and install an 8' wide curbed sidewalk and green space. That will leave 3 lanes on Brownsboro Road. The lane along the Kroger side will continue to be a "Through Lane" headed toward St. Matthews; the center lane will become a dedicated "Turn Lane" in both directions; and the final lane will continue to be a "Through Lane" headed downtown. This accomplishes a lot while simply ordering the traffic as it functions today.
Today there are 4 "Through Lanes" along this stretch, the two "Through Lanes" in the center (one in both directions) basically function as "Turn Lanes" because anyone who wants to turn into Kroger, CVS, Blimpie's or Thornton's, Rally's, the apartments on the hill, Mt. Holly and/or Pizza Hut causes vehicles behind them to stack up while they wait for oncoming traffic to clear so they can turn safely, creating two "Turn Lanes". As is the case today, all vehicles traveling on the outside of both these center lanes will continue to travel through the area. There should be fewer delays happening because vehicles darting in and out of these lanes will now be in a dedicated "Turning Lane."
After much analysis of the volume of daily traffic and current traffic patterns by Metro Public Works, what is proposed actually makes traffic more orderly, efficient and safer. Safer because it will actually move those turning vehicles into their own lane and will eliminate the vehicles that dart in and out of flowing traffic.
Even if there are some delays with the project, they will only affect commuting time between 4-10 seconds, based on traffic surveys and analysis. I believe that's a small price to pay for the many benefits this project brings. This project creates a safer roadway for drivers, bicyclists and with a new sidewalk, pedestrians as well. For the first time ever, the visually impaired and thousands of neighborhood folks will have a safe way to go from either side of Brownsboro Rd. to the other to get home, get to work, catch the bus, get their groceries, get their medicines, shop locally or simply to get more exercise.
In addition, the project is affordable with the bulk of the $400,000 funding for the project being Federal funds, though there are local matching funds as well. I believe this is a project that benefits all of us and is affordable. Though we have looked at multiple options over the past 12 years to get a sidewalk on that north/east side, the only other option that was even considered a real possibility included blasting the cliff wall, which included likely compensating those in the apartments on the cliff for damages caused by the blasting and that project's projected costs were $1.4 million back in 2005. Even back then, $1.4 million and the likely damage to residences didn't seem like the best use of dwindling public dollars. And as it turns out, it actually wouldn't have produced the added safety benefits to motorists and bicyclists as the current proposal does.
Neighborhood Informational Website
Brownsboro Road Plans
Road Diet Information
Links to studies and similar projects
La Costa Avenue “Before and After” Interim Road Diet Project; Traffic Volume Assessment and Operational Analysis, October 2011, “As shown in Table 1, the changes in daily traffic volumes expressed as percentages of total screenline ADT varies by less than two percent for all of the roadway segments before and after the interim road diet. Daily fluctuations of up to 10 percent are considered normal for traffic volumes from one day to another on parallel roadway corridors.” http://www.carlsbadca.gov/services/traffic/Documents/La%20Costa%20Avenue%20Before%20and%20After%20Study.pdf
Downtown Tupelo Main Street; Road Diet Study, June 2011, “These traffic count comparisons show that the volume on Main Street Appears to be unchanged due to the Road Diet. Table 3 shows the peak hour and ADT comparisons.” http://matchbin-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/secure/users/1909422/assets/BCYN_Main_Street___Before_After_Report_June_2011_Final.pdf.
Information on crash reduction is found at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/research/safety/10053/index.cfm.
Crash Modification Reduction Factor Clearinghouse – Road Diets.
Road Diets: Fixing the Big Roads. Dan Burden and Peter Lagerwey’s report on the use of road diets to create more livable streets. While nearly 11 years old now, it’s still a vital resource for advocates, planners, engineers, etc.
APBP Road Diets Webinar. Peter Lagerwey’s great presentation from just a few months ago on the benefits of road diets, along with a few useful case studies.
Sign the Brownsboro Road Reconfiguration Petition
The Brownsboro Road Reconfiguration and sidewalk project will add sidewalks along the north side of Brownsboro Road from Ewing Ave. to Lindsay Ave. by reducing a lane of traffic. Crosswalks at signalized intersections (N. Ewing Ave., N. Clifton Ave. & Haldeman Ave.) are to be marked with high visibility markings to improve pedestrian safety. An evaluation of the existing sidewalk on the south side and curb ramps will be made to determine adequacy in meeting ADA requirements, and deficiencies will be corrected. If you support this project please sign onto the electronic petition at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/brownsboro-road-reconfiguration-and-sidewalk. Make your voice count and sign on today.
* NOTE - the petition is located on a free website, which means you might be asked to contribute to the website but it is not necessary to electronically sign the petition.