MIC plans South End traffic fixA plan to improve traffic concerns in Superior’s South End is under consideration by the Metropolitan Interstate Council on Wednesday night.
A plan to improve traffic concerns in Superior’s South End is under consideration by the Metropolitan Interstate Council on Wednesday night.
The proposal was developed after meeting with residents of the neighborhood and a study of traffic patterns in the neighborhood.
Plans include restriping Tower Avenue for three lanes from 52nd to 69th streets — with a center turn lane — raising the speed limit to 30 miles per hour for consistency, installing a fence at Webster Park and relocating the midblock bus shelter to the corner of North 57th Street and Tower Avenue in the first year of the multi-year plan to improve safety for pedestrians and residents of the neighborhood where many struggle to find a gap in traffic to cross the state highway.
The city plans to start making improvements this year.
Over the next two years, the plan calls for planted medians or planters to be added at North 52nd Street, installation of pedestrian refuge islands and restriping lanes at 58th Street, installing flashing beacons and advance pedestrian warning signs at 57th and 60th streets.
According to findings of a study conducted by MIC staff, traffic volumes along intersecting streets to Tower Avenue still do not warrant a traffic signal in South Superior, and would only address one point of concern along the corridor.
The study revealed four lanes of traffic are not essential in the neighborhood to achieve acceptable levels of service. While three lanes will reduce through traffic capacity, the three lane configuration will improve operation for motorists with minimal congestion during morning and evening peak hours. By calming speeds and reducing lanes pedestrians must cross, it’s also expected to improve pedestrian safety.
Special attention will be given to 60th Street, an identified school safe route serving Bryant Elementary.
Findings of the study revealed the 25 mph speed zone through South Superior creates poor levels of compliance with posted speed limits; the 30 mph limit more closely reflects the speed of travel through the area and is expected to enhance speed consistency among vehicles in the area without compromising safety improvements.
The MIC considers adopting the plan when it meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Proctor Community Center, 100 Pionk Drive.