Monday, May 11, 2009

Road Work Begins on Henderson and Thomas Intersection

A backhoe works on the sidewalks at the intersection. The sidewalks "bump" into the streets, to slow turning drivers and shorten walking distances for pedestrians. (Click to enlarge the image.)

Construction crews began work renovating the N. Henderson Road at N. Thomas Street intersection, Friday.

The work will make a dangerous intersection a little more pedestrian friendly. The changes will “bump” the sidewalks a little into the travel lanes, slowing drivers as they turn, while shortening the distance pedestrians will have to travel to cross the streets. "Zebra stiping" of the crosswalks for greater visibility over N. Henderson is part of the plan.

The project will also improve drainage and lighting at the intersection. As well, the sidewalk in front of the Hyde Park Condominium’s pool, just east of the intersection, will get curb cuts for better wheelchair, scooter and bicycle accessibility.

According to Patrick Hope, Buckingham Community Civic Association president, the work should be completed in about two weeks. This was the first project in Buckingham to be completed under the Neighborhood Conservation Project process.

The plans include four new streetlights, but one will be installed only when Paradigm Development builds the townhouses planned for the southwest corner of the intersection. N. Thomas Street runs vertically in this image. (Click to enlarge the image.)

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