Traffic Cluster, Part One: Mt Tabor Road? It’s the design. You know, the design we just paid millions … to design.

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We might blame it on the pandemic, but COVID-19 did not cause ongoing issues with New Albany’s streets. It merely exposed the design flaws.

When there hasn’t been congestion — as on Mt. Tabor during construction-related diversions — there has been mayhem, both there and amid the downtown street grid, with much speeding and bad driving behavior.

You see, it’s the design. You know, the design we just paid millions … to design, whether Mt. Tabor or the thoroughly botched two-way reversion: City Hall’s “20% Of Two-Way Usefulness Solution.”

But you see, anyone with a grounding in modernity always knew that speeding primarily owes to design. That’s why the Mt. Tabor neighborhood protested from the start that modernizing the road would make things worse, because they reasoned correctly that the redesign would, in fact, lead to conditions making excessive speed more likely, and attracting more users.

The city pushed it through because it had the matching funds, because the pay-for-play already was transacted, and — well — because of sheer ego. Because it COULD. And now even the chief of police says that design is responsible for speeding.

The design.

You know, the design we just paid millions … to design.

Engineer Summers speaks for City Hall; why, our powers that be are powerless to do anything about these annual traffic increases (which were invited by the speeding-friendly “new” design), and so they must continue forever adding even more lanes, roundabouts, and whatever else is deemed necessary — by some of the mayor’s principal campaign donors — to make more work room for added traffic … and by doing so, assuring there’ll be even more traffic (induced demand, folks).

Don’t look at me. YOU’RE the ones who keep voting for these people.

Mount Tabor Road traffic again a topic of discussion, by Daniel Suddeath (Tom May Insta-Pulpit)

 … That project has been a contentious issue between the city and residents of the neighborhood. The roundabout idea was scrapped before the first phase of improvements were launched in 2019 by the city after a public meeting when several residents spoke out against the proposal.

Summers countered that the traffic congestion is a preview of what the road will look like in 10 years if nothing is done.

“This will present a problem for the intersection of Mount Tabor and Klerner as traffic continues to grow,” Summers said, citing a Kentucky Regional Planning and Development Agency study that suggests traffic will increase in the region by about 1 percent annually.

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