City considers traffic barriers at six intersections
By Bobby Burns
The Daily Reflector
Monday, October 8, 2018
Greenville leaders are considering the placement of traffic barriers that would limit left turns and road crossings at six city intersections, including four on Charles Boulevard, to reduce vehicular crashes.
The barriers would be located at the intersection of Charles with Turnbury, Smythewyck and Oakmont drives and Elm Street, according to a memo to City Manager Ann Wall from Public Works Director Kevin Mulligan submitted to the Greenville City Council for review. Two other intersections under consideration are Arlington Boulevard and Wimbledon Drive and Greenville Boulevard at Belvedere Drive.
The barriers, made of narrow reflective panels, would be similar to one already in place at the intersection of Smythewyck and Arlington Boulevard. That barrier prevents motorists from crossing Arlington at the intersection and from turning left from Smythewyck at the Bojangles or across the street at the ABC store.
The “traffic delineators” also limit use of the center turn lane at the intersection by forcing motorists to turn rather than continue straight, decreasing the chance of head-on wrecks in the turn lane.
Consideration of the six new intersections is a result of an ongoing evaluation of crashes by a traffic safety committee formed earlier this year, according to the memo. The panel includes representatives from public works, the Greenville Police Department, the Metropolitan Planning Organization, the state Department of Transportation and Vidant Health.
Committee members identified the intersections as “high-accident locations.” The installation of curbing and traffic delineators will prohibit movements that are causing wrecks at the locations, the memo says.
“These locations experience high numbers of accidents related to left-turning vehicles and/or two-way center turn lanes,” the memo said. “Public works and the police department will continue to coordinate in analyzing statistical data in an effort to mitigate these accident types.”
The departments recommend installation at the six new intersections, the memo said. Design and placement is expected to cost about $10,000 per location, the memo said.
The proposal is not currently scheduled for review by the City Council.
The council has scheduled a workshop at 4 p.m. today and regular meeting at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 200 W. Fifth St.
During the workshop, which will take place in City Hall Conference Room 337, the board is scheduled to hear an update on the $2 million Sycamore Hill Gateway Project at the Town Common.
The project will offer visitors to the park a chance to learn about Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church and the Shore Drive Community, which were displaced by a redevelopment effort that created the park.
The Recreation and Parks Department last month received completed design documents for interpretive walls that will be part of the project. The designs incorporate comments from city staff and the Sycamore Hill Advisory Group.
A memo from the Recreation and Parks Director Gary Fenton said the interpretive wall designs will be incorporated into the construction drawings and bid documents this month. The memo said the project is on schedule and expected to be completed within the budget set by the City Council.
The council also is expected to review the city’s Stormwater Management Program during the workshop in preparation for the Stormwater Utility Rate Study presentation, the agenda said.
During the 6 p.m. council meeting, to be held in the City Hall council chambers, the council is expected to approved a plan for right-of-way access and easements for the expansion of the Brook Hollow subdivision off of Dickinson Avenue.
It also will consider the conveyance of easements from the Greenville Utilities Commission's wastewater treatment plant property to Piedmont Natural Gas Company.
It also is expected to hear presentations from the Public Transportation and Parking Commission and the Greenville Housing Authority and to consider an amendment to the 2018-19 budget.
The meeting also is scheduled to include a public comment period. The council also is scheduled to meet a 6 p.m. on Thursday at City Hall.
Several other city boards and commission also have scheduled meeting this week.
■ The Police Community Relations Committee will meet 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church, 510 S. Washington St.
■ The Urban Area MPO Transportation Advisory Committee will meet 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the G.K. Butterfield Transportation Center, 600 S. Pitt St.
■ The Affordable Housing Loan Committee will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the council chambers.
■ The Recreation and Parks Commission will meet 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the council chambers.