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TRAFFIC PATTERN CHANGE – EASTERN ROAD

posted Jul 14, 2016, 1:17 PM by Tody Justice   [ updated Jul 15, 2016, 5:17 AM ]

As many residents along Eastern Road are aware, a new traffic pattern is being proposed and will be

implemented the weekend of July 16th.  New striping patterns will be installed on Eastern Road, from Black Point Road to Portland Farm Road, prioritizing safety for walkers, joggers, and cyclists that routinely use this stretch of roadway.

More specifically, this new striping pattern provides a minimum 4-foot wide bike and pedestrian lane on both sides of the road.  The center travel way will be a shared lane for motorists.  Automobiles should travel in the shared center lane, but can encroach into the advisory bike and pedestrian lane to pass oncoming vehicles. When encroaching into the advisory lane, motorists must yield to bicyclists and pedestrians.

Given this, on a temporary basis to start, we wanted to try a new approach to pavement striping to recognize and prioritize the amount of bike and pedestrian activity on Eastern Road and make it a safer and friendlier environment for users.  In addition, this type of striping is known to slow the travel speeds of motorists.

Over the course of this year, we are interested in your feedback and comments on how it works for all users of Eastern Road.  Final pavement will be placed in the Spring of 2017, at which time a determination of the permanent striping pattern will be made based on public feedback.  For more information on the project and to provide your feedback, please go to our website at: www.scarboroughmaine.org/departments/planning-codes .  There will be an online survey later this summer to receive your feedback on this treatment.  You can also contact Dan Bacon, Scarborough Planning Director at dbacon@ci.scarborough.me.us with specific comments and/or questions.
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