The city is seeking to cut down on automobile accidents at a south Springfield intersection with a high volume of crashes.
A plan announced this morning calls for a median designed to limit turns to one lane in each direction at National Avenue and Kingsley Street. According to a news release, the need is high, given that a recent crash analysis found 22 accidents over a 30-month period, with 21 of those attributed to left turns at the intersection.
At a cost of less than $10,000, the release said the city's Public Works Department will build a median with updated signing and striping that prevents left turns onto north and southbound National Avenue from Kingsley Street on the east and the private drive on the west. The median also will prohibit traffic crossing National Avenue entirely.
“This is what we call a three-quarter access or ‘left-in, right-in, right-out’ only,” said Brett Foster, traffic engineer at the city, in the release. “It still allows traffic to flow in and out but restricts the risky and often impractical left-turns out attempted there.
"These improvements will help reduce loss of property, personal injury and make this area much safer for all who use it.”
The project is funded by the city's quarter-cent capital improvement sales tax's traffic calming program.
The development work is slated to take place overnight starting at 6 p.m. May 23, according to the release.
That's a day after National Public Works Week ends May 22. The city this week is highlighting its Public Works and Environmental Services departments.
The Public Works Department manages more than 1,770 lane miles of roadways, 140 traffic signals and 38,000 traffic and street signs, as well as the Hazelwood Municipal Cemetery and urban tree canopy, according to a separate news release. The Environmental Services Department oversees 1,200 miles of sanitary sewers and two treatment plants that process an average of 40 million gallons per day.
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