When weather permits, please sweep the uphill side of Colchester Ave (top to bottom). There is currently 4 feet of soil, gravel, and trash from the curb into the road. Additionally, there are blocked drains.
The low curbs along Union have been damaged by another winter of plowing. Many are missing, plenty more are damaged and only partially attached. Flexposts are also missing and/or damaged for much of the length of Union. Some (as pictured) present an immediate danger and should be fixed or removed ASAP. Ideally this whole lane needs to be rebuilt to the original specifications because after not getting repaired last summer, there really isn't much physical protection left for people who bike in this lane.
A safe pedestrian detour would be extremely easy to design and implement here. Instead a complete blockage has been maintained for weeks. There is currently no signage whatsoever at the nearby corners. Children are literally squeezing between the construction dumpster and Rte. 7 traffic. Public Works, where are you on this?
This sort of sloppy work should never be tolerated in a city that prioritizes safety. The bike lanes are currently unsafe because of faded striping and inadequate signage. Let's get it right this year or replace the folks who keep getting it wrong.
It's near impossible to cross the street here safely. With the increase in traffic on the way it really needs a crosswalk. The sidewalk already appears ready for it with the yellow textured ends. Can DPW spare a little paint?