By Tom Henderson • Staff Writer • 

Pedestrian improvements made along Second Street

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Mac Native 66

The intersections will be too narrow for semi's of any size on NE Second street.

Bill B

yes, what's with the extended sidewalks at intersections? Watching for pedestrians is going to be even more difficult!


The idea is to make Second Street more pedestrian-friendly. Discouraging heavy truck traffic, slowing motorists and making motorists more vigilent for pedestrians all serve that end.
Third Street features bulb-outs at each intersection, and they serve the intended purpose very well. They create more balance between motorist and pedestrian needs, perhaps even tipping the balance a bit toward the pedestrian side.
With the recent upgrades to Fifth and Second, motorists have greatly enhanced east-west options anyway. I think that makes the tradeoff worth it.

Mac Native 66

Tell that to the concrete drivers who have used second street to get to the westside of town. You also might want to tell that to Recolagy as well.
If I was the chauffeur of any of the fire trucks, I'd be left with no choice but to drive down the the middle of the street so I didn't hit any of those bump outs.

Bill B

Couldn't disagree more Steve. Second Street and First Street have been very difficult to traverse by car due to folks suddenly appearing at the curb and the guys on the little bikes darting out in front of traffic. These changes will only make things worse for drivers regardless of what speed they drive.


The rounded extended sidewalks are a real pain to negotiate.
Speaking of Second Street, the configuration of the post office and the drive through mail drop near the intersection make for some potentially serious accidents. Factoring in the uneven concrete buckling from tree roots, who feels comfortable strolling down Second?


To no one in particular:

Yes, I could see that. When you've lived in the country your entire life, rejecting tax-dollar-rip-offs like traffic lights and sidewalks, I can see where you'd be highly suspicious of modern street improvements. Further, when you've never seen a need to drive faster than 45 m.p.h., ever — even those five times you white-knuckled the freeway — I can see where you'd poo-poo such newfangled concepts as efficient traffic flow or mixed traffic management. And wheelchairs? Hah! Used to be "A.D.A." meant the American Dental Association, not some government-mandated special rights for people with mobility issues.

Yep, those were the good ol' days. The only transportation thing you worried about was the price of leaded ethyl. Boy, life was simpler then.

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