Traffic Calming on Riverside Drive
Island Residents have noticed increased incidents of excessive speed by vehicles travelling between Lee Avenue and Mt. Vernon (in both directions) and between Lee Avenue and the Log Basin. While cars for hire (taxis, Uber, Lyft), school buses, and delivery vehicles are common violators; many regular motorists exceed safe speeds. The loss of a large tree in front of 1814 Riverside Drive that had served as a visual reminder to motorists and increased traffic during COVID-19 when more Trenton residents seek access to passive recreation at Stacy Park have also contributed to the problem.
Pedestrians, cyclists, pets, and drivers would benefit from the proposed remedies.
Riverside Drive is designated as a snow emergency route. It is the main thoroughfare on The Island and hence does not appear to be a good candidate for speed bumps or humps.
As an alternative, we request the following traffic calming steps be taken:
- Painting a 3” white line 15 inches from the curb adjacent to Stacy Park the entire length of Riverside Drive from Mt. Vernon to Lipton Avenue to provide a visual cue that the road is narrower than it appears and a lower speed is advisable.
- Installation of electronic speed notification signs facing both directions of Riverside Drive at Westminster Avenue intersection.
- Lowering of the newly installed “warning arrows” at the concrete bump out in front of 1814 Riverside Dr.
- Painting of highly visible cross walks across Lee Avenue at Riverside Drive and at Mt. Vernon at Riverside Dr.
- Painting of highly visible crosswalks across Riverside Drive at Lee Avenue and Mt. Vernon.
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