Traffic calming project planned for North Shore Road

June 25, 2015
An example of a speed hump.  Speed humps are being proposed for North Shore Road.

An example of a speed hump. Speed humps are being proposed for North Shore Road.

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.


Newport Ave update

March 6, 2009

Some of you may have noticed that “islands” have been painted on Newport Ave with yellow paint.  These “islands” have been discussed at length over the last few months as a part of a years-long process to slow speeding on Newport Ave.  The process has included multiple meetings with the city’s Transportation Engineer and the Talbot Park and Wards Corner civic leagues.

One of the results of the discussions was that the residents who live near and along Newport Ave did not want the yellow “islands” because they are unsightly for a residential area and were, according to the city, unproven solutions.

Unfortunately, the City of Norfolk mistakenly painted the yellow “islands” earlier this week proving our worst fears.  The “islands” are indeed unsightly and, based on our objective standard of standing and watching the traffic, failed to slow the traffic at all.  Most drivers drive right over the “islands” as if they are not there.

The City has admitted that the installation of the islands was a mistake and has agreed to remove them.  Further, a representative from the City Managers office has agreed, pending Council approval, to do the following:

  • Removing the yellow “islands” that were mistakenly placed this week
  • Install 4 way stop signs at North Shore Road and Talbot Hall Road
  • Install 3 way stop signs at Kingsley and Newport Ave
  • Install “Children at Play” and “New Traffic Pattern” signs
  • Possibly install stop signs at the Warren Street intersection
  • Further study and find a solution to make the Granby Elementary crosswalk safer
  • Set a long term goal of installing landscaped medians along Newport Ave

A special thanks to the City Managers office for agreeing to move forward on these issues.

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