Lane Closure – 2nd Street

From City DPW press release:

Lane Closure – 2nd Street
WHO: City of Richmond Department of Public Works

WHAT: Lane Closure

WHEN: Starting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 13 through 4:30 p.m. on Monday, February 4, 2019

WHERE: 2nd Street between Spring Street and Brown’s Island Way

BACKGROUND: The parking lanes on 2nd Street between Spring Street and Brown’s Island Way will be closed to re-stripe lanes to accommodate upcoming work at the Virginia War Memorial. Parking will be eliminated in that segment of the road for the duration of the project and traffic lanes will be shifted to provide construction staging space. Please use caution and follow the road signs.

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New Replacement Stop Sign

Which begs the question, what happened to the previous one? Thanks to City for this quick work at the corner of Spring and S. Laurel.

(Note: Still waiting for official release of information from Oregon Hill Neighborhood Association regarding new proposal for traffic pattern.)

Option 1 or Option 2 or…

So one thing that happened at the last Oregon Hill Neighborhood Association meeting (2/28) was a presentation on possibilities for new stop signs at intersections for neighborhood traffic.

This sort of thing has been requested multiple times before in regard to speeding and dangerous collisions, but for different reasons has never been acted on.

At the meeting, a City traffic engineer presented two options for stops. The proposed options are for a flipping of the stop signs at the circled intersections to give the east-west streets right of way and have the north-south streets stop. This way, no one direction always has right of way, and would need to stop at roughly every other intersection. This traffic pattern is called basket weaving, and has been used successfully in Maymont. These options are in no way set in stone, and are up for discussion and suggested alternatives. ‘Option 1’ suggests new stop signs at the intersections of Albemarle and S. Laurel, Spring and S. Pine, China and S. Laurel, and Holly and S. Pine. ‘Option 2’ suggests new stop signs at Albemarle and S. Cherry, Albemarle and S. Pine, Spring and S. Laurel, China and S. Pine, and Holly and S. Laurel.

Neighbors are asked to let the neighborhood association know which option they think is best as well as any other input. The plan is to discuss this more at the next OHNA meeting and then get back to the City traffic engineer and Councilperson Agelasto’s office with some thoughts and decisions.