PLATTSBURGH, 07/15/14 – The section of North Margaret Street adjacent to Georgia Pacific is going on a Diet.. That’s because a newly completed joint study by Georgia Pacific and the City of Plattsburgh gives the green light to thinning out the roadway for traffic and adding bike lanes and more visible crosswalks..
A Group of Citizens in the North Margaret Area are going to see their request for some changes to the roadway there become a reality in the near future.. Plattsburgh’s City Engineer Kevin Farrington says the feasibility study is complete and it appears there aren’t any major obstacles to improving pedestrian and bicycle safety on the four lane crossing by Georgia Pacific by converting the road in that area from four lanes of traffic to just two with a turning lane in the middle.. The project limits go from Boynton Avenue to Route 314 even though that’s beyond the city limits but the work has to go from intersection to intersection.. It’s about 1.3 miles total.. Farrington says they’ve collected Traffic Counts and they worked with City Police to review accident data in that area..
The Boynton intersection is a rather complicated one between the Margaret, Cumberland, Sally, Miller, Boynton interchanges and the report has presented a few suggestions as to how to specifically deal with traffic looking to navigate this area.. As for Georgia Pacific Employees who park across the street, Farington says Georgia Pacific has been actively involved in the process from the start..
The proposed typical design would put a five foot bike lane on either side of the road along with a twelve foot center turn lane and an 11 foot travel lane on either side.. One thing Farrington says is become more and more prevalent in cities like Plattsburgh is the addition of a “Bike Box” The Stop bar for vehicles will now be placed behind the bike box.. Some additional modifications will allow for some clarity for vehicles looking make a turn at the Cumberland intersection by adding a dashed line to turn lane.. Farrington reiterated that the service level in that area isn’t expected to change but it may in fact make travel there a little more comfortable and more efficient
The City Engineer’s Office is currently holding a pavement striping bid which if you add in the re-design of North Margaret would come in at an additional $36,000 ..