The most recent Complete Streets project is located at the Winthrop Street rotary. This project includes reconstruction and extension of the sidewalks along High Street/Rural Avenue to increase safety for all users.
As part of the Complete Streets policy, projects are designed and implemented by the City to provide safety and accessibility for all users of our roadways and transit systems, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, motorists, emergency vehicles and for people of all ages and of all abilities.
“The Winthrop Street rotary is a major artery within our City and it has been a safety concern. I am thrilled that this construction project is tightening up an extremely wide roadway that has been dangerous for too long,” said Mayor Stephanie M. Burke. “I am looking forward to the completion of this particular project as it is increasing the safety.”
Prior to construction, the crosswalk along High Street to Rural Avenue was approximately 74 feet long, making it very difficult to cross safely and navigate as a pedestrian. Now, the roadway at High Street and Rural Avenue narrows, but will remain open to travel in both directions.
The adjacent crosswalk, on High Street at the eastern side of the circle, was 66 feet long. The position of these crosswalks has remained a concern and the visibility of pedestrians at the crosswalk was poor. Also, bus stops on both sides of the crosswalk were considered in the overall safety as well.
Due to the winter weather conditions, asphalt was used for the sidewalks; however, this upcoming spring concrete will replace the asphalt and the work will be complete.
Overall, this project improves the conditions of the rotary intersection. The City will continue to monitor the intersection and consider additional changes in the future.