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$300K+ to be spent on crosswalks...what do you think?
on 6/5/2008 @ 10:32am
|The city of Tacoma expects to spend in excess of $300K to improve the crosswalks at 2 intersections, 1 in Fern Hill (intersection unknown), 1 in Proctor (26th and Proctor). The improvements will be stamped concrete crosswalks for beautification and upgraded wheelchair ramps. What do you think? A judicious expenditure of excess funds or a needless extravagence at a time of budgetary shortfalls?
by izenmania on 6/5/2008 @ 10:54am
Improving crosswalks in some manner: good.
Spending that much when they could paint it (not QUITE as pretty) and the couple dozen other crosswalks in downtown that are dangerously faded: bad.
Yeah, the new crosswalk will be pretty. Will it actually improve walkability or business? Doubtful. There are an awful lot of places where a little work would go a long way toward fixing an intersection up. This seems like am awful lot of work for minimal gain.
by Twisty on 6/5/2008 @ 11:59am
|"Excess funds"? Really? That's funny, we were just told a few days ago that that money for street improvements is dreadfully short.|
From the TNT:
"It many cases, there's only so much traffic engineers can do, said Chris Larson, an assistant manager of the city's engineering division.
by fredo on 8/21/2008 @ 10:21am
|Here's an interesting sidenote to the Proctor crosswalk discussion and perhaps to the Fern Hill crosswalk as well.
If streetcars are re-introduced along Transit Routes (#11 in the Proctor neighborhood) at some point in the future, all these improvements are going to have to come out. Also, the city is installing bulb-out curbs along these routes. Won't these "improvements" also need to be removed to accomodate the streetcars?