Why not install concrete or metal-beam barriers instead of the planters?

Concrete barriers and metal-beam guardrails were considered. However, both of these barrier types are intended to protect against side-angle impacts.  The planters can safely absorb the impact of head-on collisions, whereas other options do not absorb impact and may cause serious injury to the vehicle drivers.  In addition, concrete or metal-beam barriers require costly crash cushion devices at the exposed blunt ends to further protect drivers from severe injury. The planter barriers were chosen for three primary reasons:

  • They protect pedestrians and adjacent residences from out of control vehicles, while preventing serious injury to the vehicle driver;
  • The cost of initial installation and repair of the planters is substantially less than other options;
  • Repairs to the planters can be performed relatively quickly by a landscape contractor rather than requiring specialty contractors with higher labor costs.

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1. Why are you studying Old Auburn Road?
2. What part of Old Auburn is included in the study?
3. What is a Complete Street?
4. What are the benefits of a Complete Street?
5. Why dedicate a traffic lane on Old Auburn Road for bicyclists when there are not many who ride their bike on this road?
6. Why reduce the number of travel lanes? Instead, why not add a lane to reduce congestion?
7. Why were the planter barriers installed?
8. Why not install concrete or metal-beam barriers instead of the planters?
9. The intersection is not a perfect 90 degrees. Can’t you realign the intersection?
10. Why not change Fair Oaks Blvd to have one left turn lane and one right turn lane onto Old Auburn?
11. Why has Fair Oaks Blvd been reduced to one turn lane since the Thanksgiving weekend?
12. Can the Police Department patrol the area and hand out more tickets?
13. What is the current concept for the Old Auburn Road Complete Street Plan?
14. Why was the one-lane concept tested for 9 days during October 2019?
15. What are the plans to address traffic congestion in the area?
16. Is there potential to increase traffic on adjacent roadways and neighborhood streets?
17. What are the next steps for this Plan?
18. When will the Plan be implemented?