Cherry and Pickwick Traffic Calming Project
The goals of the Cherry and Pickwick Intersection and Traffic Calming project include slowing down traffic along the Cherry Street corridor, creating a safer and more inviting environment for pedestrians and promoting placemaking through aesthetic design features and landscaping.
Over the past several years, the Cherry Street and Pickwick Avenue area in Springfield has become an increasingly popular activity center for neighborhood residents and visitors alike. With the increase in popularity has come additional vehicular and foot traffic. This increased pedestrian presence spurred safety concerns among the neighborhood and business owners due to the proximity of vehicular traffic along Cherry Street, which serves as a secondary arterial roadway.
A pop-up traffic calming demonstration was conducted in 2017 to help gather data and feedback from the community. This demonstration involved staging brightly colored cones and painted tires in the roadway to simulate potential improvements. Information gathered during this demonstration indicated that traffic calming features were necessary in the area. Exploring various traffic calming industry best practices, the Public Works Traffic Operations division determined the following design features would be a feasible and appropriate solution.
Project Funding & Timeline
The project is anticipated to cost approximately $150,000 and will be funded through the 1/8-cent Transportation Sales Tax Alternative Transportation program.
Following the public comment period for the preliminary design, Public Works will develop the final engineering design plans and expects to bid the project in November. Construction is anticipated to begin in early Spring 2021.