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Corner sidewalks being dug up at Hartz/Prospect intersection--for what?

Original post made by psmacintosh, Danville, on Sep 24, 2010

Just drove in downtown Danville and saw tractors digging up the concrete corners and sidewalks at the intersection of Hartz/Prospect. (This intersection has been the subject of a lot of discussion on DanvilleExpress previously regarding the safety and egress of pedestrians and cars.)

Local retailers wanted a Stop Sign to make pedestrians safer.
But Town didn't want the backup of vehicles that a Stop Sign might forceably create.

I (for one) suggested a Signal which would only trip when there was the presence of side traffic vehicles or a pedestrians. This would solve the Town's above objection.

Now I've heard that the Town is installing "bulb-outs". Can anyone confirm? When/where/who decided on this?
Last I heard, the "City Planners" were only going to paint longer red curb zones while analyzing the situation further. (Can you say terrible lack of NOTICE by the Town to us citizens, once again! And lack of real opportunity for input.)

IMO, "bulb-outs" are a terrible concept--they put pedestrians more "suddenly" directly in front of cars AND they make it harder for cars to access the parking spots (causing more street congestion and more backing up--which is more dangerous for all).

I like to see if there is any real "scientific" evidence that these bulb-outs are safer and better (than regular corners and than a signal). Otherwise, we're just throwing more taxpayer money down the drain here--and not even fixing the real underlying problems--safety for pedestrians AND safe, easy, reasonable access of vehicles from Prospect.

What do YOU think--not that it makes any difference NOW!

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Posted by jrm
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Sep 26, 2010 at 2:10 pm

jrm is a registered user.

I heard the sidewalk rubble was being used to resurface the SRV tennis courts for pizzmac and his Saturday morning Buds...not true?


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Posted by Ewest@danvilleexpress.com
editor of Danville Express
on Sep 26, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Hi psmacintosh, we did a story on this a few weeks back that talks more about the intersection: Web Link


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