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Southwest Orange Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 2 years ago

Windermere council to discuss road barriers to reduce cut-through traffic

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Tonight’s Windermere Town Council meeting will see discussion on road barriers and pedestrian crossing signage.
by: Gabby Baquero Former News Editor

Tonight, town leaders will discuss a proposal to use road barriers to dead-end certain residential streets in the town as a temporary experiment. Council members will discuss the feasibility of renting road barriers for 90 days and placing them at select intersections. The intersections under consideration for road-barrier placement are Ninth Street and Oakdale Street; Seventh Avenue and Oakdale Street; Twelfth Avenue and Main Street; Fifth Street and Magnolia Street; and Ridgewood Avenue and Lake Street.

The goal of the experiment is to see whether barriers are effective in reducing the amount of cut-through traffic traversing the town’s residential streets by eliminating the incentive by blocking the roadways and forcing traffic back onto the main thoroughfares. The use of barriers as traffic-control devices was suggested by Mike Woodward from Kimley Horn and Associates, Inc. during a public town workshop held Jan. 22. 

The council will also discuss a staff-recommended proposal to install pedestrian crossing signage/Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) on Sixth Ave, east of Ridgewood Drive. The funding for the proposal was approved at the November 2018 council meeting, but the council directed staff to allow the Long-Range Planning Committee to review the locations considered for installation.

To view the full agenda, visit https://bit.ly/2GjPLUM. For any questions, contact the town at (407) 876- 2563.

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Gabby was the news editor for the West Orange Times and Southwest Orange Observer newspapers.

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