Front Street Project to Improve Pedestrian Safety

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

If you've driven down Front Street in Marietta lately, you may be wondering about all the construction.

The 'Front Street Resurfacing and Pedestrian Safety' project is now under way.

"I'm afraid to cross that street," Laura Saliba, manager of Two Peas in a Pod, said.

The store is located on Front Street in Marietta, and Saliba says it's not exactly the safest street in town.

"There's a lot more traffic on this road, and we hear screeching tires every day. They just go way too fast," she said.

Now the city is working to fix that. After resurfacing, engineers plan to add speed tables by crosswalks so that drivers will slow down, but speed isn't the only issue.

"Sometimes it's safer to jay walk, because when you're standing at the cross walk and you're looking both ways and you're waiting for traffic to stop and they just keep going by, it does get frustrating," Saliba said.

But Marietta City Engineer Joe Tucker has a resolution for that too.

"Solar powered signals will, once you press a button, will send a flashing signal to the yield to pedestrian crosswalk sign.

If you're crossing Front Street you'll notice a barrier right where the crosswalk is, but it's actually where they're going to expand the curb, that way pedestrians can see around parked vehicles and cross the street safely.

It's all part of a plan to make drivers more cautious, and pedestrians safer.

"I only hope that it does work," Saliba said.

The project will cost $563,690, but the majority of the funding comes from an Ohio Public Works grant.

It is scheduled to be finished by mid May.

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  • by Jsteen Location: Parkersburg on Mar 6, 2009 at 01:56 PM
    Why reinvent the wheel when you can easily review the research. Contrary to common thinking, accidents often INCREASE at crosswalks. Studies also show that radar cameras increase rear-end collisions and rumble strips can be hazardous to bicyclists. The website has links to a variety of industry research - many of which find that radar speedcheck signs - those speed displays that tell approaching drivers their actual speed - are highly effective (and cost effective) at slowing traffic. Their easy to install, low maintenance and they don't impede emergency vehicles or increase traffic noise like speed humps do. Let's please look at the research before making decisions and spending money on such projects.
  • by Dave Location: Belpre on Mar 4, 2009 at 07:20 AM
    Is this the real reason for all the construction? I have learned that the real reason for the new paving is that the Washington St. bridge is going to be shut down for repairs later this spring and all truck traffic is going to be routed down Front St. because they are too heavy to follow Putman St. because of the brick paving.WTAP ...dig a little deeper more honest.
  • by Brian Location: Belpre on Mar 3, 2009 at 06:44 PM
    Finished by mid may huh? Why couldn't they get Virginia St. done that quickly? And why has it taken 8 months to get a side walk completed under the railroad bridge on Virginia St. with still more work to finish it? But when it comes to Front St. it gets done 2 to 3 months. It shows you who is most important to the city.
  • by kali Location: fleming on Mar 3, 2009 at 04:59 PM
    have you went through town and notice the people that dont even bother to use a crosswalk? Amazing huh? When the drivers are given citations they should also give the jay walkers a ticket. Sometimes little ones pop from nowhere and the parent will reach out anf grab them. People always have the right of way but fair is fair and i worry about the little ones .
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