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Woodland Heights neighborhood traffic management plan

Of primary interest to the folks in my neighborhood only, though I will note that as Mayor Turner has made it easier for neighborhoods to request traffic-calming measures like speed cushions, this could be in your future as well. Tonight at 7 PM there will be a public meeting in the cafeteria at Hogg Middle School to discuss the very-hotly-debated neighborhood traffic management plan (NTMP) for the Woodland Heights. A copy of the letter sent to residents about the meeting is here. A map of the affected area is embedded in this post and viewable in larger form here; a larger version, from the back of that letter than I scanned and uploaded, is here. An FAQ for residents who haven’t been following this as closely as some is here.

As I understand it, there are three main issues: People speeding on Pecore, people not slowing down at the school crossings at Bayland and Helen and at Bayland at Morrison, and cut-through traffic on Watson and Beauchamp, both of which provide alternate routes to the freeway exchanges at I-10 and I-45. There’s a lot of concern that the forthcoming changes to I-45 in the area will create incentives for more cut-through traffic, and this is designed to remove those incentives. You may or may not care for the solutions being proffered, but this discussion has been going on for a long time and there have been plenty of opportunities to have your voice heard. None of what is being proposed should come as a surprise. If you have anything further to add, tonight at 7 PM at Hogg Middle School is your chance to add it.

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  1. Hey off the Kuff,

    I had not realized you were in the hood. Who knows you may not even consider me in the hood or at least some might not. I am on the other side of the freeway. I am one of the folks that uses those cut through routes and Pecore. Pecore is 11th right. I do not mind traffic management that is not poorly designed and tears up cars. I also think traffic management signage needs to be obvious and any bumps need to be visible day and night from a comfortable distance by people respecting speed limits, neighborhoods and stop signs. Traffic circles that include gardens and a place to sit or a fountain maybe a gazebo are my favorite. I think hoods that ban cars as we now know them are in our future. Walling neighborhoods but having a designated complete street for moving traffic for commerce and emergencies as well as not restricting traffic flow for the rest of the city is important.

  2. Bill Shirley says:

    Traffic Circle experiment: i totally support.

    I would also support expansion on this idea: 8th 1/2 at Beverly used to be a yield sign. It was changed for no apparent reason to a stop. A circle would be a nice median.

    Speed bumps on Pecore are a horrible idea! Bayland and Taylor are also ill-advised.

    The city has shown it can’t maintain the visibility of speed bumps and should not add any until it can manage that.

    Anything that has city busses or is a corridor for emergency vehicles should not have speed bumps.

    If people are speeding on your streets, call the constable.

  3. Bill Shirley says:

    Randall, note the traffic circles are small and will never be anything more than landscaping. There is a roundabout in the long-term plan for 20th, Main, Cavalcade, Studewood. It can’t happen fast enough, but I realize money is tight.

  4. Bill Danies says:

    @Bill Shirley,

    I agree about the speed bumps. Imagine an ambulance or fire crew having to apologize to a next of kin, or owner of a destroyed house…..”we could have saved your house or your loved one’s life, but we couldn’t get to you in time because of the speed bumps.”