Speed bump removal project 99 percent complete

By Megan Arii-Heger

While the removal of speed bumps from University Drive may seem
counterproductive to the safety of pedestrians, Bruyn Bevans, one
of the Facilities Design and Construction project managers, says it
was done to augment the protection of those crossing the
street.

“Speed bumps were removed because of the difficulty that most
cars were having … they just caused a problem,” said Bevans.

The problem caused by the speed bumps was discovered through a
Pedestrian Safety Study that took place at Cal Poly.

After the study, the school was able to create a plan that would
benefit pedestrians on campus. The plan consists of a series of
small projects, some of which are already completed.

The first step in improving pedestrian safety was the
realignment of Citrus Lane. According to the construction Web site,
the new design was planned around the recommendations from the
study to improve visibility and vehicle safety. The project is at
99 percent completion with a total cost of $263,000.

The upgrade of 12 crosswalks along University Drive is the
second part in the improvement of pedestrian safety.

The crosswalks were made perpendicular and realigned for a
shorter crossing distance. They were also marked with high
visibility striping. A flashing light-emitting diode beacon and
speed feedback sign have been installed along the road, and the
project is 60 percent complete and has a total project cost of
$351,000, according to the facilities Web site.

The last project in regards to pedestrian safety improvement
will be a $260,000 renovation of the University Drive and Mansion
Lane intersection. An intersection will be raised to bring the road
to sidewalk level in order to make the presence of pedestrians more
visible.

“The student population is growing, and there’s a lot of
crossing of University [Drive],” said Bevans. “[We are] hoping to
make drivers of cars and other vehicles aware that there are a lot
of people walking around on campus.”

In addition, the right-turn lane from Mansion Lane onto
University Drive will be removed and the sidewalk will be
reconstructed. The project was scheduled for completion in April
but has been pushed back to a later date.

According to Bevans, both the University Drive crosswalk and
intersection with Mansion Lane projects are currently at a
standstill due to commencement.

Bevans said the delay was due to the university’s concern about
inconveniencing visitors or creating more traffic than
necessary.

Speed bump removal project 99 percent complete

Diva Rescia/Poly Post

Speed bump removal project 99 percent complete

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