Holland Park Boulevard calming work resumes
The Holland Park Boulevard traffic-calming project, which had been quiet for about a year, has started back up again.
A bumpout on the east side of the Darby Street intersection was being constructed this week by city contractor Even-Preisser. It will be followed by one on the opposite side. Similar improvements will occur at the intersection with Forest Hill Road, with all the work slated for completion in about four weeks (weather dependent), according to city project manager Colleen Dawson.
Bumpouts extend street corners out into paved areas, thus easing crossings for pedestrians and having the effect of slowing traffic, city officials have previously explained.
The Holland Park Boulevard project started last year with the work at the Sinton Trail crossing near Vondelpark Drive. Completed last November, the work reduced the originally 50-to-60-foot-wide street to two through lanes of 13 feet in width, flanked by a sidewalk bumpout on either side and a broad concrete island in the middle.
The city had been waiting for Even-Preisser, which had built the Sinton crossing, to become available again so as to resume the Holland Park work, Dawson said.
The Holland Park Boulevard calming project had been requested about four years ago by the neighborhood. The city agreed to take on the project because of its proximity to a school (Jackson Elementary) and speeding issues on a street that had been built wider than necessary for neighborhood traffic.
Two other planned Westside calming projects, on Broadway Street and on 17th Street, have been delayed indefinitely because of funding issues.
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