Thursday, October 4, 2007

Florence Street kink

If the Florence/Heath Street cut-through is a natural because it describes an almost straight line between Florence and Route 9 and Heath and Hammond Pond Parkway, maybe the solution is to make it less straight and, therefore, less attractive.

What follows is a very crude idea of how New England Development could re-route Florence onto its property to add a kink to the street. Forget about whether the chicane I've drawn is the chicane a trained traffic engineer would draw. It's meant only to illustrate the concept.

The chicane could provide at least two advantages:

  • Slow speeds, perhaps enough to make Florence/Heath a less attractive cut-through.
  • Create a safe place for a pedestrian crossing.
Better executions of the idea are welcome.

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