Engineers Reach Agreement on Crosswalk Sightlines
Engineers for both the developer and planning board met on July 25 to confirm the sight distances from a proposed crosswalk on Ramsey Terrace.
To ensure that both the Landmark engineer and the Planning Board engineer were on the same page regarding the controversial sight distance from around an obstructed curve on Plaza Road preceding a proposed crosswalk on Ramsey Terrace, the two met on July 25 to mutually confirm the distance.
"Both of our individual experiences there and observations were confirmed when we met together," said Landmark engineer Eric Keller, who testified in June that the sight distance for Plaza Road drivers approaching the proposed crosswalk would meet code if a patch of obstructive underbrush in the borough's right of way were removed.
Although the obstructing trees have yet to be cut back, Planning Board secretary Cathy Hochkeppel said borough workers would eliminate the branches and underbrush within the next week.
In addition to examining the effect of removing the overgrown foliage, Keller also determined that narrowing the roadway at Ramsey by bringing in the curbline some six-to-eight feet would improve the sight distance by approximately 30 feet and also serve as a traffic calming device.
Keller additionally suggested the possibility of striping Plaza Road with yellow paint to create a shoulder and guide motorists to where they should be traveling on the road. Planning Board engineer Jeff Morris said he was fine with the striping.
"The problem with the road right now is it’s so wide people aren’t really forming the typical lane on either side, they’re all over the place," he said. "Try to channelize and make it one lane."
If Landmark moves forward with narrowing the roadway, they would be responsible for paying to do so, Keller said.