The city of Fayetteville is reviewing a pair of volunteer-led intersection projects that were done in an effort to slow down traffic. It’s a part of the city’s Tactical Urbanism Project.
The project allows residents to submit a permit application. If approved by the city, residents/volunteers go in and paint in crosswalks (among other things) themselves. It’s all in an effort to slow down traffic and make it more pedestrian friendly. But the city is finding not all of these additions have been beneficial
“I was actually hit in this intersection one time trying to get into my driveway.” said Jerry Meredith.
Jerry Meredith has lived on Rock Street and Mill Avenue for almost two decades. Back in August, a 3 way stop sign was installed along with painted curbs and crosswalks. Something Meredith said was long overdue.
“I’ve lived right in the middle of this intersection for 19 years. And I’ve seen some bad accidents here over the years.” Meredith said.
This is one of two projects the city of Fayetteville has approved under it’s Tactical Urbanism program. On Tuesday, the city met to review findings to see if these additions were necessary.
“Having a threeway stop is probably really the best solution. But what we were finding is that people that are driving through there didn’t necessarily appreciate having to slow down but it did make for a much more walkable intersection.” said Chris Brown, the City Engineer for Fayetteville.
The other project was installed in July on Center Street and Church Avenue. The side of the road was painted to narrow the intersection and make it more pedestrian friendly.
“What we heard there was that busses that use that intersection and fire trucks — it’s a main route for the fire department — had a little bit of difficulty navigating the new layout.” said Brown.
After finding out the painted road seemed to do more harm than good, Brown said they will think twice before making this a permanent thing.
“We have to recognize those users need to be able to continue to use the intersection.”
With both projects, the percentage of speeding cars reduced from 7% to less than 1%. Brown said the city will continue to accept applications and make changes to the city as they feel necessary.
“The hope is that some of these good ideas that we hadn’t thought of could become a part of the permanent system.”
Brown also said he’s pretty confident that they will decide to permanently keep the three stop signs on Rock and Mill, but that they they will do some minor tweaks to make sure the painted curb is laid out the way it should be.