Comment 114934

By Haveacow (registered) | Posted November 18, 2015 at 16:05:13

I have seen road diets work amazingly well, spectacularly fail and some have no effect on the present conditions either way. It all depends on the final design, the honest acceptance of a road's real existing and future expected traffic volumes and how the right of way redesign effects and or changes traffic flow. However, the best way to guarantee that any given road becomes a candidate for a "Diet", is to make sure that it also is in desperate need for a complete rebuild of below grade infrastructure. The cost of doing these projects separately makes it necessary to combine various projects. In my professional planning capacity, around 90% of road and or transit projects also require at the least, a complete Gas Line installation or upgrade , water main, storm and sanitary sewer main replacement or all 4 done at the same time before new transportation infrastructure work can even begin. The need for upgraded wired infrastructure, burying above grade hydro lines, updating phone and or cable TV lines, also aids in this as well.

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