Sidewalks for third ave?
December 14, 2015 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm #1106661
The first attempt in 2014 to secure grant funding for $8.6 million project failed. The second attempt for $5 million grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission was submitted in September and decision should be made in December. *crossing fingers*December 14, 2015 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm #1106707
Thanks for the link. Fingers have been crossed for some time. In February of 2014, Patricia Austin of the Division of Planning and Operations wrote me a letter promising “overhead signs on the traffic signal mast arms for all four directions warning turning traffic to yield to pedestrians.” Although a complete re-working of the bridge is much anticipated, even this modest fix never appeared.December 14, 2015 2:53 pm at 2:53 pm #1106728
I have also witnessed quite a few people walking directly into traffic due to no sidewalks connecting Harrison West to Grandview Yard. This would be great to connect the residents of Victorian Village/Harrison West.December 14, 2015 2:56 pm at 2:56 pm #1106730
I found this quote from Richard Ortman, an engineer with the City of Columbus who spoke at a meeting of the Harrison West Society in September of 2014:
“The City of Columbus does not recommend that pedestrians walk in the 3rd Avenue roadway and to avoid walking through the construction zone along 3rd Avenue during the two-phase construction. Phase two of the project will make this segment of 3rd Avenue safer for pedestrians after its completion. In the interim, we ask residents to utilize other means of transportation to and from the new Giant Eagle if they are able to until the project is completed.”
Mr. Ortman seems to be saying that the area beneath the bridge is only safe for cars. This is a good risk management move for the City but useless for the rest of us.December 14, 2015 3:22 pm at 3:22 pm #1106739
I have also witnessed quite a few people walking directly into traffic due to no sidewalks connecting Harrison West to Grandview Yard. This would be great to connect the residents of Victorian Village/Harrison West.
And vice versa.December 14, 2015 6:47 pm at 6:47 pm #1106767
According to the City’s website “An estimated 50% to 60% of the City does not contain curbs and/or sidewalks. Some of these areas are older, built when sidewalks were not standard practice as it is today. Many sidewalk gaps exist within sections of the City that were originally townships, later annexed into the City of Columbus.”
Perhaps the City should give the property owners in these sidewalk-less areas a deadline to add them. Then, if that doesn’t happen, the City could install them and charge the property owner by adding the cost to their property tax bill.December 15, 2015 8:31 am at 8:31 am #1106853
I thought they were going to be adding them or was that just for the railroad bridge?December 15, 2015 8:34 am at 8:34 am #1106855
<derail> While we’re at it, can we get a left turn light from Northwest Blvd on to 3rd. With increased traffic in the area that intersection backs up nightly. </derail>December 15, 2015 8:50 am at 8:50 am #1106858
This is what is being proposed:
and zoomed inDecember 15, 2015 9:00 am at 9:00 am #1106863
Thanks for posting! I may be missing it, but is there a bike lane or off-road multi-use path?
Also, what’s with the separated intersection with curved ramps to enter Rail Street? As a pedestrian I feel this is auto-centric design that encourage drivers to go faster when taking the turn. Why can’t an intersection just be an intersection? Nearly 90 degree turns force cars to slow down when turning and be more aware of pedestrians.December 15, 2015 9:13 am at 9:13 am #1106870
Yes, the south side of the road will have a shared use path and the north side will have a normal sidewalk.December 16, 2015 1:36 pm at 1:36 pm #1107054
I’m all for this. It just doesn’t help anybody right now. Huge apartment complexes have been built on both sides of the river, filled with thousands of young people, many of whom prefer to walk, run and ride their bikes through the area. This market supports bars, restaurants, night clubs and brew pubs, all destinations to which many people prefer to get to in the same way. The biggest attractant, the Giant Eagle Market District, appeared over a year ago. A new railroad bridge may or may not appear but, in the meantime, are there really no temporary measures available? Grandview Yard markets itself as “suburban living with urban style.” The suburban part is obvious, but where’s the urban?December 23, 2015 1:57 pm at 1:57 pm #1107901
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