Letter - Rose Street fixed, now what?

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Remember a few months back, when everyone was upset about the signs the city put up, way to go Walla Walla, this is progress. Fixing Walla Walla streets. It fixed Rose street. It is much better in places. Signs have come down.

But do you see any other streets being fixed. What does it take for the city street department to actually do some work. What does it take to have our tax dollars go where needed.

Linda Bennett

Walla Walla

Comments

VinoTinto 6 months ago

At least paint some lines on the streets so you know what lane you're driving in and where the pedestrian crossings are.

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chicoli 6 months ago

...AND DON'T JUST TRUST THE PEDESTRIAN CROSSING LIGHT!. We have quite a few aggressive drivers who turn on their green light without looking, and run over pedestrians, at times with fatal consequences.

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stvsngltn 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Yes ... crosswalks MUST be repainted in Walla Walla, top priority. The current faded out state in many areas is very dangerous.

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namvet60 6 months ago

The speed limit is 35mph - so slow down.

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oldguyonabike 6 months ago

City Council is directing the engineering of our streets to be bigger and faster with more accommodation to cars than people. Simple design features would make our streets safer, but until the direction of council changes, our roads won't be safe.

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chicoli 6 months ago

I agree. In Sweden , with simple redesigning of pedestrian crossings, traffic lights and barriers for slowing traffic they have managed to dramatically reduced accidents/ deaths. Their goal is ZERO which is a motivational strategy for all to follow. Thanks, Oldguy!

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oldguyonabike 6 months ago

We have Target Zero in Washington State. A goal of zero roadway deaths by 2020. A goal Walla Walla is moving away from.

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chicoli 6 months ago

Last week I e-send a lengthy article to sheriff Turner (jturner@co.walla-walla.wa.us) regarding trafic fatalities in NY City, which included recommendations as to how to prevent them with the Target Zero measures you mentioned. I hope he will start something with our policy maker people in Walla Walla.

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VinoTinto 6 months ago

At the west end of east Isaacs there should be barriers to separate the sidewalk from the street. That stretch is very dangerous for pedestrians.

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oldguyonabike 6 months ago

There is an idea that Isaacs Ave. should be reconfigured to the 3-lane with bike lanes in the next few years (2017). The bike lanes would provide a buffer from the traffic for pedestrians making it safer and more comfortable for all. I imagine somebody will complain and City Council will direct engineering to make it less safe, just like Rose St.

On a more positive note, the new pedestrian crossing on Isaacs @ Whitman is much more visible than the previous crossing lights. And I understand will take less labor to keep it functioning.

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dogman12 6 months ago

Here is the 2014 plan:

http://www.gowallawalla.us/downloads/2014/2014_Projects_Map.pdf

Rose from 13th to 9th, and Poplar from 5th to Palouse are the biggies this year. Oh, and the roadways in the 2nd Ave cemetery. Sidewalks on W Rose are in the plan. The sewer project at Howard and Clay happening now.

There is some small area patching happening, like the intersection of Fern and Whitman near the park. (That one will fail soon, because it is on top of a spring.) Lots of other areas with tablespoons of asphalt in some of the holes. I will be happier when Chestnut from 9th to 2nd is done.

Remember, it is a 90+ year plan! (Really!)

One thing would make a difference in improving the driving experience: rigorous attention to compaction and density testing when a road cut is made and repaired. It is the sunken cuts that jar you the worst.

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