DescriptionThis is an innovative project to improve the safety, visibility, and capacity of the bicycle crossing where the Southwest Path crosses the Regent / Monroe intersection. Currently bicyclists on this heavily-used path use the pedestrian crosswalks, crossing either to the center island or to the southeast corner depending on the phase of the signals. The first option is by far simpler and safer, particularly for inexperienced bikers. This improvement uses a high-friction, green surface to emphasize the preferred bike crossing and make it highly visible to both bikers and motorists. It segregates the bikes from the pedestrians with separate crossing space and separate, bike-specific signals, providing additional capacity and reducing friction between bikes and pedestrians. The improvement also re-aligns a median to add storage capacity for the east to north left turn and provides a new surface and markings for the intersection.
LengthThe improvement is limited to the intersection, with some marking improvements extending west to Breese Terrace.
ScheduleConstruction is scheduled to begin the week of May 16, 2011, following UW graduation.
CostThe estimated construction cost is $185,000 not including engineering and contingencies.
StatusBids have been received for the construction contract. Significant electrical and utility work was completed in 2010 to move power poles and traffic signal controller in support of this project.
Public Works ContractContract Number: 6550
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