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Safety First: Road Diet Coming to Forrest Hill Avenue

Motorists could encounter minor traffic delays along Forrest Hill Avenue beginning early morning, Monday, Ma18. Pavement marking crews from the Public Works’ Traffic Division will be restriping a one mile stretch along Forrest Hill Avenue from University Street to Sterling Avenue. The current five-lane roadway will be narrowed to three-lanes. The completed roadway will have onelane heading in both directionsa center left turn lane and be equipped with two miles of buffered bicycle lanes.

Watch Out for Wet Paint!
During the striping – cones, barrels and work vehicles will be present to provide traffic control. Drivers should remain patient and avoid traveling through fresh paint. Wet pavement markings require several minutes to cure and driving through them can cause unsightly tracking and damage to vehicles. Motorists are urged to use alternative routes and avoid the areaThe work should be complete by the end of the week, weather permitting.

Why Do Road Diets?
Road diet conversions can reduce the total number of crashes while still providing adequate access; according to a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) study. Further research uncovered additional safety benefits including the following:

  • Calmer traffic, reducedweaving, improved walkability and reduced left-turn conflicts. 
  • Greater dedicated space forpedestrians and bicyclists which can increase visibility for all users. 
  • More traffic signs and visible cues whichimproves driver awareness. 

Safety is the driving goal behind every Public Works project and this road diet brings us closer to accomplishing that in our community,” said Traffic Engineer Nick Stoffer. “Projects such as this are a low cost way to transform our infrastructure while improving everyone’s safety.”