Here's some good news. ODOT came around and now supports the City's desire to post the whole of 17th from Silverton Road to Mission Street for 25mph.
|17th Street signed for 30mph, soon to be 25mph|
|City Manager's October 22nd update|
Signs by themselves are of course not enough.
But this is a good step.
Over on FB an advocate recently posted about the median refuge and crosswalk at 17th and Chemeketa, just north of that picture at State Street. Even with concrete, trees, and signage, people keep crashing into it or just driving over it.
The fact that people continue to crash into or drive over the median at
17th and Chemeketa is not evidence we should remove it, as some commenters suggested, but is evidence
that it should be strengthened and more traffic calming introduced. And it is evidence that jaydriving is more common than we might think. You might recall that 15% of drivers are going 34mph or more there, many pushing 40mph.
|ODOT speed study|
- On Council's first discussion this spring of 17th, "Speed Zones and our Autoism"
- More in "Latest Dangerous by Design Report is Good Context on 17th and 45th Street Speeds"
- And on photo speed enforcement, "Critiquing Photo Enforcement on Red Lights and Speed"
Earlier this month there had also been a hit-and-run on 17th very near the Fairgrounds. Perhaps we will see more calming up and down the whole corridor now.
Over on Reddit, a Redditor posted a concept for a stroad-to-boulevard conversion of Lancaster Drive.
It's generated a lot of comment, much of it reflexively opposed and purely autoist, and some of it more thoughtfully skeptical, but it's good to see more people talking in general message boards, not just places transportation advocates frequent, about boulevards.
Concepts in Our Salem for a broad conversion of our big streets in mixed-use redevelopment will need reconfigured streets, and without a boulevard component, Our Salem is hamstrung.
- "Our Salem Vision and Draft Plan Relies too Much on Arterial Conversion to Mixed-Use" (2020)
- On photo essays, "Salem National Forest Blog Chronicles Stroads, not Toads" (2013)
- "Why is Lancaster so Effed up? The Patchwork and Mobility Choice" (2011)
|Reed Road, terrible for walking or biking (2012)|
The City announced work on Reed Road:
Expect delays on Reed Road SE beginning November 1, 2021 as road crews work to improve and expand the roadway between Battle Creek Road SE and Fairview Industrial Drive SE. Construction is expected to last until August 2022. There will be continuous flagging, traffic revisions, and detours resulting in long delays.
Northbound traffic on Reed Road from Battle Creek Road SE will remain open at this time. Southbound traffic on Reed Road from Fairview Industrial Drive will experience periodic closures and detours. All truck and local traffic should use Kuebler Boulevard SE or Madrona Road SE to avoid the closure. Local access will be provided from Fairview Industrial Drive SE to Strong Road for nearby businesses and residences during construction.
Be advised that Strong Road SE to 27th Avenue is not a designated detour route for truck traffic. Message boards are in place to provide notice in advance of ongoing work, future traffic revisions and other impacts.
Even with sidewalks and bike lanes, unless the road is posted for residential speed, and gets calming, it will have the same problems we see on 17th Street. See the end of this note on Council for a little more on that. New development is going in with late 20th century road standards, and we need to give more thought to road standards for the 21st century and our need to reduce driving significantly - not just to "provide options," but actually to reduce driving, to reduce number and frequency of driving trips, and to reduce length of them.