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In Recognition of
Infrastructure Week
DELDOT AND DEWEY BEACH, DE, USA
Pedestrian Accomodations
Through a collaborative effort between the Delaware Department
of Transportation (DelDOT) and the Town of Dewey Beach, DE, USA,
a popular resort town on Delaware's coastline, pedestrian safety
accommodations were implemented to quickly bring to life recommendations
from an April 2019 pedestrian safety audit in order to
create a safer environment for pedestrians and bicyclists alike. The
improvements included curb bump-outs throughout the town limits,
seven new rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFBs) at uncontrolled
multi-lane crosswalks, ADA upgrades for existing signalized
crosswalks, and installation of Delaware's first two-stage left-turn
bicycle boxes, complete with in-pavement bicycle detection loops.
The improvements were received positively by the community, and
next up for Dewey Beach is the installation of a pedestrian barrier
system along the median of SR 1 -including landscaping and beautification-to
deter mid-block crossings and funnel pedestrians to
the newly-constructed RRFBs and upgraded signalized crossings.
B E F O R E
Before (Google StreetView, 2014).
B E F O R E
FORT MYERS BEACH, FL, USA
Complete Streets Improvements
Fort Myers Beach, FL, USA is a major tourist destination in southwest
Florida. During the peak traffic season, the traffic volume is more
than 27,000 vehicles per day. During past rainstorm events, it was
common to have more than six inches of water in the road. Although
the area is a high pedestrian area, sidewalks were narrow and would
sometimes end in dirt shoulders for short sections. Parked cars
would block and back out over sidewalks. Beginning in 2016, Lee
County started reconstruction of the road, rebuilding storm drainage,
improving sidewalks, and adding bus pullouts. Due to utility conflicts,
the drainage was designed to drain to the center of the road through
permeable pavers. The 5-foot (1.5 meter) sidewalks were replaced
with 8- to 10-foot (2.4-3 meter) sidewalks. By the end of 2022, the
entire 6 miles (9.7 kilometers) of Estero will be completed.
A F T E R
A F T E R
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