As most reading this know, our neighborhood has, for some time, been pursuing every possible means to make our streets (especially our main street, Sycamore Drive) safer for our neighbors and guests.
Neighbors (led by a DHNA drive) petitioned the City (during 4Q 2010) to consider traffic calming measures at the curve at Sycamore Drive and Grove St.
The City Engineer has developed a possible median design for the neighborhood's consideration. The sketch, an aerial satellite view, and actual street photos of the intersection as it appears now are in the continuation.
The medians insure passing cars stay in their lanes (which they don't always do now). They also tend to slow down traffic. The resulting traffic lanes are still the regulation 11 feet wide, but they appear more narrow to drivers. The most important objective to most drivers is to not damage their vehicles.
Raised medians also have two negatives:
a) A few will only be able to pull into and out of their drives in one direction.
b) Less on-street parking will be allowed at the dividers and approaching them in both directions.
These obviously weigh more heavily for those directly impacted.
ANOTHER ALTERNATIVE IS A 3-WAY STOP
Per Deane in a 1/29 Google Group post: "As I shared at the [1/24] meeting, we'll likely go with a stop signs trial first." So, in the comments and on the Google board, we can discuss the two alternatives.
Nothing is in concrete yet (pun half intended). Your input, here and on the neighborhood Google Group (where a discussion topic will be started soon), is encouraged.
To see a similar median design, and the accompanying markings, see the intersection of Commerce and Columbia south of College. (An aerial image is at the bottom of the continuation.)
THIS MAY, OR MAY NOT, EVER BE DONE. IF IT IS DONE, THE FINAL DESIGN MIGHT BE QUITE DIFFERENT.
The design for consideration is in the continuation, along with aerial and street views.