The City of Manhattan is excited to announce its first “tactical urbanism” project in collaboration with the Manhattan Catholic Schools and Flint Hills Metropolitan Planning Organization. Tactical urbanism projects are community-based projects that can use low-cost materials to experiment with and gather data on potential street design changes.
At the intersection of S. Juliette Avenue and Pierre Street, painted bulb-outs were installed to visually narrow the roadway and encourage drivers to slow down, while also shortening crossing distances for pedestrians. The marked crosswalks are also wider now than they were before and extend closer to the intersection. The wider crosswalks are more visible to drivers and discourage rolling stops through the crosswalks on Pierre. Lastly, the cones along the perimeter of the painted bulb-outs provide a vertical element to the project and reflectivity during the night that catches the attention of drivers to be more aware as they proceed through the intersection.
The result is an intersection that is much safer to travel through. The City will continue to evaluate the intersection, but a recent study has already shown a reduction in speed.
For more information, please contact Mark Lee, Traffic Engineer for the City of Manhattan, at 785-587-4578 during business hours.