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Friday, December 05, 2014

Frankford and Princeton Aves.

Lately we've been getting quite few people asking - "What is going on at Princeton and Frankford?"

The answer - A lot!

The Streets Department has done a study and they have determined that the Princeton and Frankford intersection is one of the most dangerous ones in the city because of the way that it is angled. It makes pedestrians hard to see, and they also wanted to slow cars down as they travel through the intersection. As a result, they have come up with and are currently implementing a new solution.
To start, they have extended the intersection on the northeast corner (in front of the Plaza) and they have included a "bump out" as I call it. Doing this will slow drivers down as they are making a right hand turn onto Frankford avenue. They also bumped out the southeast corner for the same reason.
Where things get really interesting is on the northwest corner (at the Ortho office). That corner will be pushed way out into Princeton avenue out and squared off.

The southwest corner will remain similar to what it is.

Where things get interesting is that pedestrians will no longer be able to cross Frankford avenue from the southeast corner (Steins) to the southwest corner (Dentist office). Because of the extended curb at the northwest corner (Ortho), pedestrians will now cross from Steins, to tat corner. 
Since I'm sure all of that is somewhat confusing, I drew out some pictures to hopefully explain it better.

Picture #1 is Before
Picture #2 is After

The diagonal lines in both pictures are the crosswalks (picture #2 also includes check marks where the old curb lines are / were)

Things will definitely be different at that intersection for sure, but I think the solutions to the problems are good ones.

Lately we've been getting quite  few people asking - "What is going on at Princeton and Frankford?"The answer - A lot!The Streets Department has done a study and they have determined that the Princeton and Frankford intersection is one of the most dangerous ones in the city because of the way that it is angled. It makes pedestrians hard to see, and they also wanted to slow cars down as they travel through the intersection. As a result, they have come up with and are currently implementing a new solution.To start, they have extended the intersection on the northeast corner (in front of the Plaza) and they have included a "bump out" as I call it. Doing this will slow drivers down as they are making a right hand turn onto Frankford avenue. They also bumped out the southeast corner for the same reason.Where things get really interesting is on the northwest corner (at the Ortho office). That corner will be pushed way out into Princeton avenue out and squared off.The southwest corner will remain similar to what it is.Where things get interesting is that pedestrians will no longer be able to cross Frankford avenue from the southeast corner (Steins) to the southwest corner (Dentist office). Because of the extended curb at the northwest corner (Ortho), pedestrians will now cross from Steins, to tat corner. Since I'm sure all of that is somewhat confusing, I drew out some pictures to hopefully explain it better.Picture #1 is BeforePicture #2 is AfterThe diagonal lines in both pictures are the crosswalks (picture #2 also includes check marks where the old curb lines are / were)Things will definitely be different at that intersection for sure, but I think the solutions to the problems are good ones.
 
Donny Smith
Mayfair Civic Association

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