How will pedestrians be able to safely cross major streets such as Riverside Drive and Bridge Street/State Route 161?A traffic signal and pedestrian activated crosswalk signals are planned for the Riverside Drive and Dale Drive (actual name TBD) intersection. Pedestrians will be able to safely cross the street during a ‘pedestrian only’ traffic signal phase, where all vehicle movements through the intersection are stopped and all pedestrian crosswalks are given the WALK signal. Additionally, the design of this intersection will feature pavement materials and/or markings that differ from the adjacent asphalt roadway as a visual cue to call additional attention to this area for motorists.
A pedestrian overpass was analyzed at this location, and a number of considerations factored into the recommendation against this type of facility being proposed at this intersection. Pedestrian overpasses are most appropriate over barriers such as high-speed highways, railroad tracks or natural barriers; and they are most effective when the barrier is depressed below the natural grade. Relocated Riverside Drive at Dale Drive will generally be built at, or slightly above, the natural grade. Pedestrians will typically not use an overpass if a more direct crossing route is available. These facilities are required by the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines to be wheelchair accessible, resulting in long ramps on either end of the overpass. This increases the crossing distance and travel time to cross the street which further discourages their use. Additionally, there are safety concerns related to debris falling or being thrown from an overpass to the roadway below.
A bicycle and pedestrian tunnel was not considered at this location, as the more effective location for this type of facility is under evaluation under Riverside Drive at future John Shields Parkway to the north.
A traffic signal and pedestrian activated crosswalk signals are also planned for the intersection of Riverside Drive and the new John Shields Parkway, located 1,000 feet north of the current Dale Drive/Riverside Drive intersection. Pedestrians and bicyclists will be able to cross the Riverside Drive during the pedestrian crossing signal. Also, a bicycle and pedestrian tunnel is being studied at this intersection to seamlessly link the new park along the Scioto River to a major greenway that will extend eastward toward Sawmill Road.
Pedestrians crossing at the roundabout at Riverside Drive and Bridge Street/State Route 161 will be able to cross both streets at designated crosswalks. These crosswalks extend to a splitter island, or median, that separates each direction of traffic. The splitter islands allow pedestrians to cross one direction of traffic at a time, with the splitter island serving as a respite area.
The intersections of Bridge Street/State Route 161 and Dale Drive as well as High Street will remain as signalized intersections with pedestrian activated crosswalk signals.
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