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Cross walk needs restriping...totallly faded. People are gonna get killed.
It only costs .20 a foot for a 4" stripe, .30 a foot for 6". We're looking at 24 feet approximately of road, so we're looking at approx. 20 dollars, extreme worse case scenario. They could drop a "pedestrians have priority" sign in there for what, another 100?
What's the fix here? If a city is unwilling or unable to provide basic services even when times were good, it's time to have a public discussion on this. I don't think the city can cry budget season--this has been a problem for years all over--I think they can only admit apathy & promise to start doing this.
People care more about potholes & crosswalks than they do long-term promises & sweeping visions of change, because one actually happens & works, and the other may work down the road so long as we keep riding the same horse.
My proposed fix is that the city apologizes for years of neglect & get on this--or explains why they've failed at it, & let's us know what they need to succeed. We're all in this together, as long as one side of the table shows up.
What do you guys think of my idea of intentionally letting the double yellow centerline fade away between signalized intersections? I don't know if it would save any money, but I think it might slow down traffic by making State Street seem less like a highway.
As for the Lawrence St crosswalk, Mike Piscitelli gets like a zillion emails per day, so he probably hasn't had a chance to respond to this. My understanding is that the city is interested in developing a more logical and organized protocol for making sure everything gets properly restriped. Perhaps this would be a good opportunity to create some sort of map-based database of striping treatments so they can keep track of it all. Ideally it'd be nice to create a website where they'd be able to click on a road segment and a CAD diagram of the paint treatment would appear, along with other data stored in the database. Then there just needs to be like a one-step process to go from there to the work order. I guess I could do all this in GIS, but it would be so much cooler if it were online and scalable to other cities.
Sorry if I wasn't clear enough :D! I didn't even mention Mike because in my head, he is completely removed from this. The guy is a real treasure for New Haven & worth our respect & patience. That's why I hadn't even mentioned his name, I don't feel qualified to bring him into this because I know pretty well where these problems come from.
I'll check out your site, Nate, thanks for sharing--
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