Transportation: DPW Unveils 16 Traffic Calming Projects

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Painted curb extensions, integrative  delineators and factual  planter connected  N. 27th St. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

Painted curb extensions, integrative delineators and factual planter connected N. 27th St. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

The Department of Public Works (DPW) unveiled its database Wednesday of 16 corridors wherever it volition effort to combat reckless driving.

The projects are being funded with $3.8 cardinal from the city’s archetypal tranche of American Rescue Plan Act funds ($197.2 million).

“Multiple consultants volition beryllium connected committee wrong days,” said City Engineer Jerrel Kruschke to members of the Public Works Committee.

Design enactment is intended to beryllium completed implicit the wintertime months, with implementation starting successful the spring. Kruschke said consultants volition suggest a premix of accelerated implementation improvements arsenic good arsenic longer-term changes.

“Be prepared to marque an further ARPA request, due to the fact that this is worldly radical privation to spot and privation to spot quick,” said Alderman Robert Bauman. The alderman and a fig of his colleagues person asked for speedy DPW enactment to combat reckless driving.

Using a constituent strategy that factored successful equity, safety, and use, DPW selected the projects from a database of much than 50 suggested corridors. The metropolis has identified a pedestrian precocious wounded web and different reckless driving blistery spots.

Project categories are divided betwixt imperishable improvements connected large streets ($1 million), imperishable improvements connected residential streets ($1 million) and accelerated implementation improvements ($1.8 million).

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Changes to large streets could see curb extensions, removing high-speed crook lanes and narrowing intersections. Residential thoroughfare changes volition beryllium targeted astatine areas adjacent schools and parks and coordinated with different paving projects. Rapid implementation projects could person everything from overgarment and integrative posts to factual jersey barriers and one-ton planters.

Project goals see reducing speeding, creating safer intersections and stopping mid-block passing by placing items successful the parking lane.

“That’s existent progress, truthful precise good,” said Bauman. At the Nov. 10 gathering helium was captious of the velocity with which the section was approaching the issue.

A abstracted ARPA allocation, $1.2 million, is being utilized to little the velocity limit. The basal velocity bounds could driblet from 25 to 20 miles per hour.

Target Corridors

  • N. 35th St. (W. Congress St. to W. Townsend St.)
  • N. 27th St. (W. Atkinson Ave. to W. Center St.)
  • S. 35th St. (W. Lincoln Ave. to. W. Oklahoma Ave. to )
  • E. Oklahoma Ave. (S. Clement Ave. to S. Howell Ave.)
  • N. 60th St. (W. Silver Spring Dr. to W. Hampton Ave.)
  • W. Appleton Ave. (N. 60th St. to W. Burleigh St.) + Alameda Neighborhood
  • W. North Ave. (N. 24th St. to N. 30th St.)
  • W. Highland Blvd (N. 20th St. to N. 35th St.)
  • W. Lapham Blvd (S. 6th St. to S. Cesar E. Chavez Dr.)
  • W. Lincoln Ave (S. 1st St. to S. 35th St.)
  • N. 35th St. (W. Highland Blvd. to W. Cherry St.)
  • W. Locust St. (N. 40th St. to N. Sherman Blvd.)
  • Intersection of N. 27th St./W. Center St./W. Fond du Lac Ave.
  • Butterfly Park Access Improvements (N. 37th and 38th streets astatine W. Meinecke Ave.)
  • Riverside Park / HS Access Improvements (E. Newberry Blvd./N. Oakland Ave., N. Cambridge Ave./E. Locust St.)
  • Washington Park Access (W. Galena St. – N. 37th St. to N. 40th St.)
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