City of Dover begins traffic calming pilot project
The City of Dover this week hosted a second neighborhood meeting about a traffic calming pilot program, which aims to mitigate speed and traffic volume on Atkinson, Belknap, Cushing and Lexington streets. The meeting reviewed the results of the pilot project which occurred in July and gave Jeffrey Taylor, a consultant working with residents, an opportunity to get feedback on the concepts. Mock ups included painting areas for traffic islands, and barrels placed within those islands to simulate structures in the road. At its core, traffic calming is the use of techniques intended to reduce vehicle speeds and by providing safe spaces for pedestrians and cyclists without having to have a police officer present. It uses education as well as physical design of the roadway to slow traffic down to safe levels. The traffic calming project was approved as part of the FY13-18 Capital Improvement’s Program, which the City Council adopted in December of 2012. The cost of the first phase of the project is $10,000.