On May 30 th , the city’s Transportation and Environmental Services staff presented its proposed re-design of Seminary Road. As you know, Seminary Hill Association had put forward a plan we termed Alternative 4, which maintained 4 lanes of car travel, but provided safety improvements including: reducing the width of those 4 lanes, creating light-activated crosswalks for pedestrians, providing a 3’ buffer on each side of the roadway, and calling for increased speed enforcement along Seminary Road. The Seminary Hill board voted overwhelmingly for this option, and a large majority of our residents expressed support for this alternative. Unfortunately, city staff did not choose to consider this proposal, but instead created what they term a “hybrid” approach combining 2 of their own proposals to change the roadway.

The city’s proposal narrows the eastbound car travel lanes from 2 lanes to 1 lane between St. Stephens Road and Zabriskie Lane – a stretch of just 4/10ths of a mile. In this stretch of roadway, they propose to create an 8’ “shared buffer” space on the sides of the road, create pedestrian crosswalks with “refuge” islands in the middle of the roadway, and alter the signal pattern at the intersection of Quaker Lane. At the intersection of Quaker Lane, the right hand lane would become right turn only onto Quaker, but right turn on red would be prohibited. The left lane would become left turn and through traffic, which means that cars going straight onto Janneys Lane would have to wait behind cars seeking to turn left onto Quaker Lane. You can view the full details of this plan at this website.
The city is now accepting comments on their proposal. Please take a few minutes and participate in the survey so your voice can be heard. You can access the survey with this link. The survey is only
available until June 10 th , so please make sure you register your comments before that deadline.

There is another online survey that was created by residents in favor of maintaining the 4 car travel lanes, as the Seminary Hill position advocates. Over 1200 residents have signed the petition. If you wish to learn more about this petition, please click this link. The city’s proposal will go before the Traffic and Parking Board on Monday, June 24 th at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall. Please consider coming to this meeting. You may fill out a form that night to speak on this matter. Following the Traffic and Parking Board’s decision, the matter will come before City Council in September. This will be the final opportunity to let our elected officials know your views. Obviously, this is a very important issue for our community, so it is important that we let our views be known as residents of this area of our
city.

Sincerely,

Carter Flemming, President
Seminary Hill Association, Inc.

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