In yesterday's article about all the new zebra crossings Public Works has been painting across the city, I mentioned that the temporary bumpout that was installed at the southwest corner of Locke and Herkimer in June has been replaced by a permanent raised-curb bumpout that is smaller than the temporary one.
New permanent bumpout, southwest corner of Locke and Herkimer
RTH contacted the City and Martin White, the city's traffic engineering manager, responded via email to explain why:
The "old" bumpout designed by Traffic staff was designed to be as large as possible and minimized the amount of space available to vehicles and maximize the space for pedestrians.
The bumpout being constructed today was designed by the school board (and approved by the City) as part of their site plan redevelopment and is a more moderate design between vehicle space and pedestrian space.
The bumpout being constructed has been in the works with the Board and the City for over a year and precedes the current design and activity at Herkimer and Locke.
So there you have it. It's too bad they couldn't modify the existing design after the temporary installation proved that a wider bumpouts works. That is, after all, supposed to be the point of pilot projects.
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