Three Projects Test Traffic Calming
And 16 more projects coming next year, in city effort to combat reckless driving.
The Department of Public Works tested traffic calming improvements on three new corridors this year. It’s part of a growing effort by the City of Milwaukee to use infrastructure to prevent or deter reckless driving.
The three corridors selected for improvements in 2021 include W. North Ave. (N. 15th St. to N. 20th St.), W. North Ave. (N. 44th St. to N. 59th St.) and W. Villard Ave. (N. Hopkins St. to N. 32nd St.).
The tan-colored paint gives more visibility to pedestrians and is intended to shorten the crossing distance by allowing pedestrians to more safely cross the street from the edge of the parking lane instead of the sidewalk. The plastic delineators are placed at the edge of the paint to alert drivers.
The combination effectively prevents the “Milwaukee slide,” where a driver passes in a non-driving lane, by narrowing the street.
Each of the installations was completed in partnership with an area business improvement district. The BIDs are responsible for maintenance of the infrastructure, including sweeping debris and snow removal. The painting was completed by August, but the installation of the delineators took until October as a result of supply chain delays.
But DPW’s rapid implementation efforts are poised to be dramatically scaled up in 2022. Using $3.8 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding, DPW is planning 16 projects for next spring.
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