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Clark Street Gets Intersection Bumpouts For Pedestrian Safety

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Now that the water main project is complete and the road has been resurfaced, Clark Street has received new delineation markings to help organize traffic flow and make Andersonville crosswalks more safe.

The project is expected to provide clearer sight lines and better identifying features and help motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians alike flow comfortably through the neighborhood. Those intersections on Clark south of Ridge received “paint-and-post” bumpouts that consist of double-striped white lines and posts that give pedestrians more room to make a safe crossing to the other side. In addition, a bike lane was also added with clear, bold dashed lines.

According to Alderman Harry Osterman, both him and Alderman Vasquez have been in contact with CDOT on ways to improve traffic flow along Clark for all types of transportation. They are looking at how to increase the walkability and bikeability in the community and believe that it will further serve the economic development in the area.

“The clearer delineation of traffic lanes, bike lanes, and pedestrian crossings also make the street more organized for drivers, which allows for a safer experience for them as well,” Osterman said in an emailed statement. “Using paint and small bollards or posts, this design is flexible and allows our office and CDOT to observe conditions and make modifications as necessary.”

The project, modeled after a similar one on Milwaukee Ave. in Bucktown, is expected to help vehicles stay to the center of the rode and bicycles within safe distance from them. The Alderman said that he and Vasquez along with the with the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce and SSA are now exploring ways of “softening” the look of the bumpouts and adding color to them.


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