Those funny lines at corners along Rochambeau, Summit and Hope and the major work along Lorimer is the long-awaited traffic calming project first developed almost five years ago through a series of meetings on each affected street. Councilman Kevin Jackson and SNA worked very hard to get the plans completed and to keep this project on track. However, it has taken much longer than expected to get things underway, so even though SNA has regularly posted updates in our newsletter, it’s not surprising that people have forgotten this was coming.
The City Department of Public Works and the contractor, Narragansett Improvement Company, did not notify us or individual residents (or even Councilman Jackson) that they were beginning work, an oversight they have promised to remedy when they start new sites. Kevin Jackson has shared the schedule (posted below) and a full set of plans. Please call John Bazik at 331-1644 (eves and weekends) if you have questions about the design.
A few clarifications. First, this project was demanded by Summit residents responding to the increased volume and speed of cars traveling through our residential streets. The specific sites and designs were discussed and reviewed at public meetings during 2001. Second, the main purpose of the project is to make our streets safer for people on foot, particularly children.
Third, your car (unless it’s bigger than a fire engine) will still have room to make every turn. The designs, called “curb extentions,” or “bump outs,” only make it necessary to slow down if you are driving too fast in the first place. The excavations are much larger than the eventual curb profile will be, as you can see at the first intersections completed on Lauriston.
Another benefit of the extensions is the creation of more plantable space along our streets. Each corner will receive a variety of new trees and plants, contributing to the further greening of Summit, which SNA members have set as one key goal for the neighborhood.
Here’s the schedule:
Phase I – June: Lorimer at Lauriston, Fourth, Fifth and Rochambeau
Phase II – July: Hope at Overhill, Tenth, Blackstone Boulevard and Chace
Phase III – August: Rochambeau at Camp; Summit and Ivy at Rochambeau; Summit at Glendale and Dexterdale, Summit at Memorial and Brewster.
Phase IV: Trees, plants and landscaping at all sites.