|New culvert/bridge on Summer St SE at Clark Creek|
and with swales and curb instead of straight storm drains
|Before: Clark Creek at Summer St SE|
That project is done now, and it is interesting to see the design:
- The road wasn't widened that much, though it was widened, probably for emergency vehicles
- No sidewalks
- Curbs channel run-off to two filtration swales before passing into the creek
It was also interesting to see the swale in the residential area. These it seems are no longer exotic, leading-edge stormwater treatments, but rather are now an ordinary part of the design toolbox.
|East- and South-bound bike lane on Union at Commercial|
But that right-hand, south-bound turn remains dicey and janky.
|A sharrow on Commercial, just south of Union|
I do not bike this section of Commercial (occasionally I do bike on Commercial south of Chemeketa St), and streetview suggests this is a new sharrow. The auto travel lane here is exceedingly wide, so I'm not sure the sharrow is actually in the door zone. But it's also pushed to the left side of the travel lane, and does not seem to function to encourage people biking to center and take the full lane. It makes them marginal and secondary this way. The installation, then, may be a very sub-optimal use for a sharrow, a Potemkin sharrow, more to create the illusion of connectivity than to create an actually useful connection.
In the most optimistic of interpretations, this might work for the most experienced of riders, those "confident and fearless," but essentially nobody else. For normal travel into downtown, until Commercial is more improved for people biking, I would actually continue on Union to High, take High to Chemeketa, and enter the core of downtown on Chemeketa instead. That's two or three blocks out-of-direction travel, but it's a lot more comfortable than contending with the zoomy traffic on Commercial.
|The last plan published before construction|