Our thanks go to Cathy Tuttle for providing us with an update of what’s happening with Wallingford’s Neighborhood Greenway:
- The first phase Wallingford Greenway will be completed by November 2011
- The greenway will go from Thakeray to Burke along 44th, cut down at Burke to 43rd, and go from Burke to cross Stone at 43rd. Later phases as well as north south greenway connections will require more community/SDOT discussion.
- The greenway budget is around $110,000 for just under 1 mile of greenway. At least half of that funding will be used to get across Stone (with a traffic island) and to replace concrete panels of degraded roadway.
- Confirming signs that say “Neighborhood Greenway” with a graphic will be placed in 18-20 locations. (design tbd)
- “Wayfinding” blade signs pointing to the greenway or to adjacent destinations and neighborhoods will be placed at strategic locations (tbd)
- SDOT will confirm that each traffic circle has signs next to traffic circles that by code, limit parking within 20 feet. SDOT will re-evaluate parking on the east side of many streets between 44th and 45th to include more parking and incidentally provide additional traffic calming
- At each traffic circle, a chevron with a bike much like the “sharrow” chevron will be painted on the road to the east and west of the circle. considerable discussion took place about how to engineer control around traffic circles in the N-S direction by signage, stop signs, green paint, community gardens, speed cushions, prioritized bike/ped signs, diverters or other means.
- There was clear consensus on the part of SDOT that traffic circles themselves were an adequate traffic control device to prioritize pedestrian and bicycle traffic and just as clear a consensus on the part of the community that a way to prioritize pedestrians and bicycles along the greenway over north-south traffic merited more consideration.
- Outreach about the project will be to all houses along the greenway, and to a catchment area near the Stone Way crossing will be contacted by door hangers soon
If you do want to be involved in our neighborhood’s greenway project, please contact Cathy Tuttle: [email protected]