A number of civic league presidents met with City officials last night to discuss a traffic calming plan for North Shore Road. Residents in Meadowbrook, Riverfront, Titustown, and Algonquin Park have been suffering from an excess of cut-through traffic on North Shore Road between Hampton Blvd and Titustown. Speeding has also been a problem on that same stretch of road.
Preliminarily, the City’s engineers have suggested up to 10 “speed humps” along North Shore Road between Shirland Ave and Diven Street. Additionally they are considering mini traffic circles and the removal of stop signs to promote bicycle traffic.
No decisions have been made. There will be a community meeting in mid-August, likely to be held at the Church of the Good Shepherd, at which time residents of Lochhaven, Meadowbrook, Riverfront, Algonquin, and Titustown will be able to weigh in on the recommendations and make additional traffic calming requests for their neighborhoods.
One issue that the City and residents cannot agree on is the appropriate speed limit for North Shore Road. Residents have requested that the speed limit be reduced from 25mph to 15mph. City staff has agreed to further study that request.
A funding source will need to be identified, but construction is expected to begin in late Fall, 2015. If successful, similiar traffic calming, and bicycle encouraging, measures may be extended to the “other” North Shore Road that runs into Granby Street.