I know that many residents in Northwoods and Gordon Heights are concerned about traffic on Chestnut Drive. The city does have a plan for addressing this – one that would look very similar to the calming done on Oakcliff Road earlier this year. The plan is available online at the city website – you can also see it below.
If you’re curious about what this plan would look like in action, take a drive down Oakcliff Road.
Maybe this is the answer to slowing things down on Chestnut. Whatever the city does, though, we need to make sure we have plenty of input from residents. Just because this plan exists, we shouldn’t think that it’s the only
There are other ways to calm traffic that should be considered.
- More stop signs – if you look at the plan above, there are several long stretches where cars don’t need to stop at all – why not add more stops at the 3-way intersections?
Lower the speed limit – does Chestnut really need to be a 35-mph street? Why not lower it to 25, so that traffic goes at the same speed as the other streets in the neighborhood?(actually – it looks like the city council already voted in favor of this, and it may have been vetoed by the state. I am researching)
- Install roundabouts instead of stop signs – roundabouts are proven to reduce accidents and make drivers slow down, while not actually stopping traffic
I’m open to all options – including proceeding with the city’s current plan or going with some completely new idea. I want to make sure I hear from the citizens who live Northwoods and Gordon Heights, though, to understand what they would like to see. What ideas do you have for slowing down traffic in our residential neighborhoods? E-mail me those ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.