Response letter to Dr. Robert Cannon from Streets Department – Re: green dividers
Good afternoon. I apologize for the delay in responding to your email and letter. I have been discussing with my team your request in the letter concerning the use of alternate protection options on 5th Avenue from the currently planned green vertical delineators with tough curb bases.
The resolution is not a quick one and will require additional communication and coordination with the Willo Neighborhood. However, I don’t want this issue to in any way delay the construction of the project on 5th and 3rd Avenues. So I would like to pause the use of the green vertical delineators (with tough curb bases) on 5th Avenue, but continue to move forward with the balance of construction work. The Street Transportation Department will formulate protection options and will present them to the Willo Neighborhood at a later date. Those options would also include budgetary impacts associated with each option, as well as aesthetics.
The decision to use curb separation on 3rd Avenue was threefold: 1) recognition that 3rd Avenue is distinct and different from other bike lanes, with its designation as part of the Sonoran Bikeway; 2) continuation of similar curb protection used south of McDowell Road; and 3) additional protection provided for 2-way protected bike lanes on 3rd Avenue. 5th Avenue is different from 3rd Avenue, so the protection treatments are distinct as well.
We look forward to the start of construction on this project that has been long awaited by the community, and you have my commitment to continue to work with the Willo Neighborhood to finalize the protection options for 5th Avenue.
Kini L.E. Knudson
Street Transportation Department
City of Phoenix
200 West Washington Street, 5th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003
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