Bulldog Boulevard Improvements

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Bulldog Boulevard is an important part of Provo City’s transportation network. Many different types of travelers use this road – cars, trucks, pedestrians, and bicyclists. It hosts a wonderful mix of businesses from restaurants and shopping, to recreation, health care, and schools.

In recent years, crashes on Bulldog Boulevard have increased. A recent traffic study showed that the crash rate on Bulldog Boulevard is over three times the statewide average and vehicle/bicycle accidents are higher here than most other parts of Provo. The traffic study also showed that 50% of bicycle/vehicle crashes on Bulldog Boulevard might have been avoided if cyclists were riding in the roadway rather than on the sidewalk where they’re less visible.

The major cause of crashes on Bulldog Boulevard has been left turns across multiple lanes of traffic. To improve safety on Bulldog Boulevard, Provo City plans to add center-running planted medians and protected bicycle lanes. Adding planted medians to Bulldog Boulevard will increase safety by prohibiting left turns between traffic signals. Motorists accessing businesses on the opposite side of Bulldog Boulevard will still be able to safely make left turns and U-turns at any of the existing intersections and traffic signals will be adjusted to accommodate the change in traffic patterns.

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Bulldog Boulevard will be reduced to two lanes in each direction to accommodate these improvements. The traffic study showed that converting the outside lane to a bicycle lane will minimally impact traffic flow on Bulldog Boulevard and intersections, even using 2040 traffic projections, which account for growth in the area.

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The center-running planted median and bike lanes on either side will be protected from vehicles by a raised planter area. The planters will be landscaped with trees, plants, and flowers adding an improved aesthetic feel to the area.

To improve safety, some properties’ driveways may be consolidated to reduce the number of conflict locations. The drawing below shows those conflict areas in green. Provo City is still confirming the appropriate method to highlight these areas for motorists and cyclists alike.

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Provo City’s goal for Bulldog Boulevard enhancements is to improve safety for all roadway users. The Bulldog Boulevard project can do that while improving the overall aesthetic look and feel of the corridor and adding a safer, more usable bicycle facility at the same time.

For more information about the project visit provo.org/bulldog or call 888-966-6624 ext. 5 or email provobulldogblvd@gmail.com.

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  1. Landra Adams

    When is this project slated to begin?

    1. This project is anticipated for the 2017 Construction season.

  2. Robert

    Sounds like a great plan. Do it.

  3. Melanie McCoard

    Wonderful idea. Great work!

  4. Pam

    Well this is just the bees knees!

  5. Lance

    This sucks and concerns me in an area that struggles with the volume of the traffic especially on game day. Very disappointed by this move.

    1. A recent traffic study shows that the reduction from three to two lanes in each direction generally only provides nominal increases in travel times on Bulldog Boulevard. On average, the projected average increase in travel time is about 10 seconds/vehicle. The evening peak time on westbound Bulldog Boulevard does experience the highest projected delay, at approximately 85 seconds. However, the study suggests that the major traffic flow issue is that the existing traffic signals are designed to provide more time for the major north/south routes; State Street, Freedom Boulevard, and University Avenue. Provo City plans to adjust signal timing to minimize this delay and provide a similar level of service on Bulldog Boulevard as exists today.

  6. Maria

    I absolutely love it!! One question: will there be enough room to do a u-turn for cars with a slightly larger turn radius? In the drawing it looks tight.

    1. Yes, U-turns will be allowed at the intersections. The road width is wide enough for most passenger vehicles to fit.

  7. Kathy

    This will require many more drivers using the left turn lanes to make U turns. Will we be trying to make those left/U turns in lanes with green arrows – we alone have the right of way or will we be dealing with the blinking yellow lights that are popping up everywhere?

    1. Leah Jaramillo

      Provo City will make adjustments to traffic signal timing to compensate for the project changes. The type of signal head has not yet been determined.

  8. Steve Trottier

    Very nice, and thanks for the buffered bike lanes!

  9. Julia

    I am thrilled about this! I don’t let my children ride their bikes to Provo high in the morning because Bulldog is so dangerous. I hope this will make bikers more visible. I’d like to see blinking signs at major intersections to alert drivers who tend to turn left without looking for bikers and pedestrians.

  10. Rob

    I know MAG’s long-range plan has 800 North being widened between University and 500 West (and, ultimately, I-15). The hospital has conveniently removing all the houses from 800 North.

    I’d suggest widening 800 North from University to 500 West simultaneously with this project. That way the traffic that loses its capacity on Bulldog has someplace else to go.

    Overall, a good project. I like the idea!

  11. Julie

    Where else has this been done? I am extremely concerned about those “green areas”. What have other cities done to make those areas safe? Or are we the traffic guinea pigs?

    1. Leah Jaramillo

      The green areas or bike boxes are designed to alert both cyclists and motorists that this is an area where they could cross paths. It will be highlighted in some way (green in the picture) to alert both travelers, creating more awareness and less risk. This is a technique used in many other cities around the world. Closer to home, Salt Lake City has buffered bike lanes on 300 South downtown.

  12. Andrew Gibson

    Eliminating a lane is not going to have little effect on traffic flow during peak use. The far south lane is used by those going to Provo High while the other two lanes are used by those going to work or BYU. Eliminate a lane and you’re going to cause a massive traffic jam every single morning just before 8 AM.

    I do favor having the left turn lane blocked off. It will reduce the number of drivers who think the left turn lane is their own dedicated lane to fly down in the mornings.

  13. This is so great. Thank you!

  14. Nate

    Bulldog is already crowded let’s solve it by removing one lane in each direction? How does that make sense? I bike occasionally but removing traffic lanes for bike lanes is silly.

    1. Rob

      Agree

      1. Not the Mayor

        This is such a great idea, why not do the same thing throughout the city so bikes can travel safely on all streets. There is not much point changing one commercial zone and ignore bicycle access from residential area to and from the commercial zone. And by reducing lanes, we can reduce the carbon footprint since the number of drivers will certainly go down as a result. And, while we are at it, lets put a bike lane on I-15 so peope can bike to work more directly. Come on, get with it!

      2. John

        We’re eating this elephant one bite at a time. I wish we could do more streets faster but our resources are limited.

      3. Gordon

        I’m pretty sure all that backed up traffic are not going to reduce anyone’s carbon footprint. Ever been to L.A.?

      4. John

        Gordon, I understand your concern but we wouldn’t have moved forward with the plan without a careful study of the traffic now and the projections into the future. We just don’t need a 7 lane road on Bulldog.

      5. cindy

        agree

      6. Leah Jaramillo

        A recent traffic study shows that the reduction from three to two lanes in each direction generally only provides nominal increases in travel times on Bulldog Boulevard. On average, the projected average increase in travel time is about 10 seconds/vehicle. The evening peak time on westbound Bulldog Boulevard does experience the highest projected delay, at approximately 85 seconds. However, the study suggests that the major traffic flow issue is that the existing traffic signals are designed to provide more time for the major north/south routes; State Street, Freedom Boulevard, and University Avenue. Provo City plans to adjust signal timing to minimize this delay and provide a similar level of service on Bulldog Boulevard as exists today.

    2. Gordon

      Agree. The morning Provo High traffic turning into the Provo High parking lot already makes a large section of Bulldog Blvd. essentially a two lane road. Eliminating another lane now makes eastbound Bulldog Blvd. a one lane road in the morning. How does the study account for a one lane road? 5:00 pm traffic will be a one lane westbound road as cars turning right on State Street take up one lane.

      1. Scotty

        Now the high school is moving to Lakeview area, I think? Whatever traffic is there now will be grestaying reduced when the high school exits.

  15. Aaron

    1. I like safety improvements that can happen naturally as the result of:

    2. … beautification projects, improvements in efficiency, etc. The drawing looks nice, and adding foliage would definitely help it feel a bit more like a boulevard.

    3. Needing to wait until an intersection to do a U-turn in order to avoid a now-possible left-turn seems a little sad, but then again making left turns off of Bulldog is not fun right now, so this makes sense too.

    4. I’m a little curious how safety of the less-visible bikers will be improved by putting them on the right-turn lane side of things, behind another wall of bushes. Will they obey traffic signals, or have their own set? Will something warn drivers that a biker may be in a blind spot going straight, when the driver is turning right? Would it better, or just weird, if bikers went in the opposite direction so that they could be seen ahead of drivers turning right, rather than coming from behind?

    Overall, I like it…. just concerned about biker safety in of town that probably has more bikes than the rest.

    1. cindy

      good things to ask about

    2. Leah Jaramillo

      The protected bike lanes improve safety by putting cyclists in a designated and predictable location. Any plantings in the bike buffer would be low growing so as not to impact visibility. Cyclists will follow the same traffic signals as other traffic. Access to the right-turn lanes will be highlighted where it crosses the bike lane to draw awareness to the fact that the two paths cross.

  16. Rob

    Is there a way to make the road safer without reducing the number of lanes of traffic? Reducing the capacity of a dangerously over-crowded road seems like a giant step backwards.

    Provo is in dire need of viable East / West connections. If someone needs to drive from 900 East to Geneva Road there are no good options. Center street is a parking lot. 7th and 8th North don’t go through. Bulldog leads to a round about and a maze in grandview. The airport road is not done and is so far south it will only benefit future developers. We have good roads to travel North and South, why can’t we have a good road that goes East and West?

    1. Brian

      I’m a little late to this party but I couldn’t resist a comment. I’m curious by your dangerously overcrowded comment. overcrowded by who? Cars? Yes there are peak times when traffic is snarled on this road, point me to a road that isn’t snarled up at rush hour. Any given day other than rush hour (or expected traffic for the six football games a year), I find myself rarely less than 2-3 positions back from a red light. That isn’t crowded. Now the cars dangerously crowding out pedestrians and bicycles? Yes that is certainly occurring; confirmed by the number of auto pedestrian/bike accidents. The plan is to make this road safer and adequate for all users not just automobiles. The traffic studies show that automobile traffic will be negligibly effected. Especially when some motorists choose bikes instead of cars, or other motorists shift their thinking and choose to walk three stores down to continue shopping, rather than drive three stores down.

  17. Roger

    Bad for business along this stretch of Bulldog…

    1. Leah Jaramillo

      Our project team is meeting with business owners to discuss impacts and changes. Business owners are welcome to call 888-966-6624 x 5 or email provobulldogblvd@gmail.com for more information or to arrange a meeting.

  18. India

    this road is essential for me and i bike on it all the time. I don’t like being on the sidewalk because I don’t want to hit any pedestrians or make them feel unsafe, but the road also feels dangerous for a bike. I usually end up opting for the road, but it will be so nice to feel more at ease everyday here.

  19. Nick R

    But how will Del Taco be affected? Please keep Del Taco in mind with your plans.

    1. Leah Jaramillo

      Our project team is meeting with business owners to discuss impacts and changes. Business owners are welcome to call 888-966-6624 x 5 or email provobulldogblvd@gmail.com for more information or to arrange a meeting.

  20. Jacob Adams

    This is impressive! Hopefully this project (and other improvements in Provo) will make cycling a viable alternative to driving for many people’s daily commutes and trips, thus lessening the need for three car lanes.

    I agree with Aaron’s 4th point—we need to make sure that it is clear to the drivers to check for cyclists before getting into the right turn lane. Is there more that can be added to the green paint at conflict points, like sharks’ tooth markings or additional signage?

    I also wonder why the car lanes are 11′ and 12’—why can’t the both be 10′? That seems to be a safer width for everyone, drivers included: http://nacto.org/docs/usdg/lane_widths_on_safety_and_capacity_petritsch.pdf

  21. Dave Clark

    The story sites a “recent traffic study” as the basis of the need to do the “improvements”. Who did the study, who paid for the study and is the data as old as the one UTA used to sell BRT to the citizens?

  22. Julie

    More thoughts as I traveled on Bulldog today: I do agree that the central median will help protect me from un-smart drivers. BUT, the number of u-turns at intersections is going to increase dramatically and I don’t trust drivers on the side streets to be able to safely make free right hand turns at the same time as all those u-turns (especially if there is a bike lane to confuse them AND especially if there are only two traveling lanes ). So I think you’ll have to add red no-free-right-turn arrows on all the side streets, which will back up traffic on the side streets…

    Are u-turns at intersections really very safe anyway? The state I come from bans them….

  23. Tennery Taylor Norton

    I have two teenagers who’ve been hit by cars on this road: one on a bike and one as a pedestrian in a crosswalk, so I really appreciate any efforts to increase pedestrian and bike safety in this area!

  24. Chris

    I don’t think this is a good idea.

  25. Just a thought

    Notice the upper blue car in the second illustration. It is waiting to turn while completely blocking the bike lane with a bike coming up to TBine him. I see this happening a lot.

  26. James

    Bike lanes are nice but how about some viable east/west connectors to get us from I-15 to Seven Peaks and the east bench to Geneva road. Center street is useless and Bulldog is already congested during peak hours. Taking 2 lanes away on Bulldog will only make things worse. Why not make a less busy road the bike path (7th or 8th North, etc.). Then prevent roadside parking, and dedicate the outer lanes for bikes?! Do what you will with the left turn lanes but it would be easier to see bikers on a 2 lane road than a busy 4 lane road that is very congested and lined with vegetation that will only further block vision. I think that you are making a big mistake by messing with this main east/west route! Make that leisurely landscaped road you envision somewhere else, not on one of our main east/west roads.

    1. Rob

      Agree

    2. Brian

      Moving bike lanes to only less busy roads is naive. Cyclists are humans too. Cyclists are also consumers who may want to buy something that happens to be in a store on Bulldog. What about an employee of a shop on Bulldog, how do they get to work if the bike lane is only on 800 north? Would you be okay closing 800 north to cars and only allowing bikes? Yet your comment is saying this very thing to cyclists. All motorists become pedestrians at some point. Cyclists in simple terms are motorless motorists. Not all cyclists are commuters passing through. In the current condition without a bike lane the law says the cyclist can take the lane if it is unsafe to ride on the shoulder. Bulldog is that scenario and cyclists have a right to ride down the center of the right lane. Do you want cyclists in the drive lanes? Every road needs bike lanes just as much as they need sidewalks and automobile drive lanes. One is not more important than another. This proposal addresses each users needs and presents a way that each can safely accomplish their tasks using the mode of transportation each person prefers. It increases choice.

      As for the rest of your comment, Bulldog isn’t a very viable full east/west connection anyways as it is only 5-6 blocks long. It’s more of an east side only connection. Westbound runs into Orem and Provo neighborhoods, eastbound runs into BYU. 2230 n connects better to the east bench and the freeway, 800 north is the most viable complete east west connection because it already exists, it just needs work. When it is improved, it will have bike lanes too, because bikes need quality east/west connections just as much as automobiles do.

  27. Brent

    Bulldog Blvd is the major east/west route between BYU and residences to the west. It is extremely crowded before and after major athletic contests and other events. Reducing lanes by 1/3 each way would appear to create a traffic tie-up that will probably last 50% longer than that the current arrangement.

  28. michael tuvell

    don’t like it….leave the lanes alone!

  29. Adano

    I’m not keen on dropping two lanes of travel, but I absolutely support blocking left turns between stoplights, especially for the stretch between 300 W and State (Macey’s, the hospital, etc).

    Another major improvement that needs to happen as part of this project: A permanently protected right-turn from westbound Bulldog onto northbound State, like the one that currently exists from northbound State onto eastbound Bulldog. This would be very simple to implement, and it would get rid of the huge backups that happen there each afternoon.

    1. Leah Jaramillo

      The right turn pocket from westbound Bulldog Blvd onto northbound State St will be extended to hold more capacity. There are three northbound through lanes on State Street and it currently provides for a dedicated lane for WB to NB turning vehicles on the north side of the intersection

      1. Andrew Gibson

        The dedicated right turn lanes really don’t work out that well. Stand on the corners of State and Bulldog during rush hour and you’ll see. Those who are turning from North State to East Bulldog aren’t going to the hospital, they usually need to get in the left lanes. Those going east and those turning from South State to East Bulldog need to get into the right lane. This creates a bunch of zig zagging in traffic, drivers who assert their right of way and get into accidents as a result, and some drivers who hold on their right of way in order to let traffic clear before venturing into their “dedicated lane”.

        The same happens with turning from West Bulldog onto North State. Those drivers are not going to the businesses on the corner or they would have turned in 100 feet earlier. They need to get into the left lanes while many drivers going north on State or turning from East Bulldog to North State do need to get in the right lane. This has already been an issue with near collisions and collisions from drivers who think they have some right to run the red light and turn right while others are turning left or going straight.

        Not to mention there has been some discussion of UDOT widening 500W from two lanes to three between Bulldog and 800 N. If this takes place the “dedicated turn lane” will go away.

      2. Leah Jaramillo

        The project team has received a number of comments related to the right turn from westbound Bulldog to northbound State Street. There are some real traffic flow issues here and we will work on a solution as we move through project design. This is a UDOT controlled intersection and we will coordinate with them as the design process continues.

  30. Molly

    I really love this idea in theory. I’d like to see more of it around town (500W/State). But people are right…this is the ONLY reasonable East/West thoroughfare in town, and to be honest with you, BYU just did quite a number on it already! Let’s do this, but can we also focus on making other corridors more useful. It’s nice that Provo City School District has an open enrollment policy, but your making it harder for us on the West side to get our kids to school.

    1. Aaron

      BYU doing “quite a number on it” by closing North Campus Drive so that there is no longer a thoroughfare going through campus which along with the other changes makes campus more pedestrian and bicycle friendly is all the more reason to transform Bulldog into a four-lane road because it now longer needs to support as many vehicles going through BYU, just mostly vehicles actually going to or from BYU. The modeling that engineers have done on Bulldog shows that four lanes provide enough capacity now and in 2040.

      1. Aaron

        Wow. I just read my first sentence above. A truly awful sentence. Sorry to Molly and anyone else who read it. Hoppefully its meaning is still somehow clear :).

  31. Jamin

    I am really, really excited about these plans. Bulldog Blvd. is the aesthetic and safety blight of Provo. I’ve been thinking for years about what might be done to improve it and could have never anticipated a plan this beautiful and safe. Nor did I anticipate that the city would do something about it this soon. Bravo!

    I understand the concerns about game-day traffic, but are we really willing to continue to live with unlivable streets (and Bulldog is the most unlivable of them all!) in order to make sure drivers have the smoothest possible trip out of town? Although I don’t think that the new street design will really inconvenience drivers that much, I have no problem with offering people incentives to pursue alternative forms of transportation (biking, walking, public transportation) by the way that we design our streets.

    Finally, I’d argue that this new street design will be a huge economic boon to businesses along Bulldog. Cities across the country have discovered that the more bikeable and walkable a street is, the better businesses on that street do. One need look no further than SLC, where they have been on a protected bike-lane building binge (300 S comes to mind as a street full of successful local businesses and restaurants that has recently given valuable street space to bicyclists). These changes to Bulldog will make the street and its business feel much more connected to the huge group of potential customers at BYU, who currently feel cut off from and uninterested in navigating the minefield that is Bulldog. The nature and look of some of the businesses along Bulldog might change over time, but the economic viability of Bulldog will be much stronger in the end.

    So proud of Provo for doing this!

  32. natalie

    Love it!

  33. JMP

    I love the concept, not sure about reducing two lanes on a busy street. There is definite need to address the South Macey’s parking lot entrance onto Bulldog. There used to be a “no left turn” sign there. That whole lot/entrance/exit is a mess!

    Next step would be to have the PPD help crack down on red light runners from Bulldog onto 500W. I bet those tickets alone would come close to paying for the changes ; )

  34. Brenden

    Throttling this corridor down to two lanes each direction will make it as bad or worse than 500 W during morning and evening. Probably worse with all the zoobies and Provo high students.

  35. Not the Mayor

    This seems to be completely about image. Lots of money for…image. It is clearly not in the best interest of anyone who drives in the area. It is clearly not for improving efficiency. It is clearly not for economic development (people would avoid the area). It is clearly not for financial responsibility. The claim is for safety…I don’t believe that. It is for image. The Mayor’s image.

    1. John

      Would you be willing to meet me for a bike ride down Bulldog?

    2. Brian

      I drive in this area and it is in my best interest.

  36. Brad

    Fantastic! I’d like to see more of this around Provo.

  37. Leslie

    Thank you for doing this – I can’t wait for it to be done. As a cyclist and a motorist, I fully support this plan. I think it will make this road much safer and calmer – and more beautiful!

  38. Jenny

    I do like this change in theory, but I do want to urge careful consideration of the safety of bikers entering the “bike box” zones. It is true that Salt Lake has implemented this approach on 3rd South, but I felt very unsafe riding there. (Parked cars separated the bike lane from the car lanes, making it hard for cars to see bikers until the last moment.) I felt much safer riding on 8th south, where the bike line was only separated from the car lanes by a painted line. The more visibility the better, in my opinion. A divider would be fine if planted with ground cover or very short shrubs, but preferably not trees.

    1. Leah Jaramillo

      Currently there is no parking allowed on Bulldog Boulevard and that would be the same after this project. Plants in the bike buffer would be low growing, not trees.

      1. Adano

        Low growing plants are better than trees there, but I share Jenny’s concern. I bicycle regularly down Bulldog. I’m not a huge fan of riding in traffic, but at least I know that cars notice me.

        I suspect that simply disallowing left turns between lights will solve the bike safety problem, since drivers won’t be constantly watching for cars flying across the road. The bicycle safety concern may then become moot.

  39. Julie

    Here are a couple more questions:

    Do our comments matter? Is this a “done deal” and you’re just putting it out there for our information? Or can ordinary citizens have a say in whether this will actually happen?

    I read the information at the link to the traffic study. It was inadequate. What I really want to know is whether the “little impact” statement really applies to the following: Game Days–football and basketball. Education Week. Women’s Conference. CES Training Conference. Move-in and move-out weeks for every semester and graduations. Because we’ve just lived through two of those weeks and I’m here to say–all three lanes of Bulldog are heavily used. Removing one would have exponentially more than “little” impact. If it were just for football game days I’m sure people would figure it out. But we’re talking about roughly 20% of the year.

    Finally, how are minivans supposed to make all those u-turns without encroaching on a green zone? My Odyssey’s turn radius is 37′. As drawn, your diagram only shows 33′ of travel lanes. And I’m pretty sure im not the only one in the city driving a minivan…

    1. Leah Jaramillo

      Julie,
      Your comments do matter. I am reviewing the blog, meeting with business and property owners, taking calls, and reviewing and responding to emails about the project. The project is moving forward, but all comments are shared with the project team and some adjustments have already been made to the preliminary design. Some suggestions are still in review, and some cannot be accommodated, but each is given thorough review with the team. We will continue to incorporate public input for the next several months as we work to develop the final design.

      Our goal is to improve Bulldog Boulevard for all users and we are working to develop a solution that provides the most good for the most people. I have forwarded your question about the turning radius & special event traffic to the engineer and hope to have more information soon.

      We presented to the Provo TMAC in July, are presenting to the Provo Bike Committee this week, and City Council working group shortly. We are also trying to schedule meetings with the Neighborhood Councils to present to area residents on both sides of Bulldog Blvd.

      Anyone who is interested in the project can ask questions or share comments here or can contact me directly at provobulldogblvd@gmail.com or 888-966-6624 ext 5.
      Thanks,
      Leah Jaramillo
      Communication Manager
      Bulldog Boulevard Improvements

      1. Jenn

        I am so glad that something is being done about this road. Driving on it feels unsafe when turning out of Maceys especially. It will also be great to have bike lanes. I have some concerns about how the boxes will work but I really appreciate having bike lanes there! Looking forward to these improvements.

  40. Rem Wiscombe

    I’m excited about this. I sat in Kneaders yesterday and counted 28 cyclists in a half hour period. This is a good location to try this out. I wish it were all over the city, but understand most people aren’t ready for this yet. It will hopefully make cycling safer on Bulldog.

    1. Rob

      How many cars were there in that time period?

  41. Brad Barber

    Terrific terrific terrific! More of this please.

  42. Andrew Gibson

    I’m going to ask you to do something. There is the claim that traffic can be reduced to two lanes each direction and flow better with adjustments to the lights.

    Prove it. Not just with studies and claims. Adjust the lights right now. If peak traffic flow through Bulldog improves dramatically then it will show that it can be reduced to less lanes. If flow does not improve it will show that the current lanes are needed during peak use.

    1. John

      Andrew, The complexities of the project are far more complicated than adjusting the lights.

      1. Rob

        While we are at it why don’t we set up a bunch of construction barrels and restrict everything to two lanes and make temporary bike lanes and see how the auto traffic changes and how many bike riders use it?

      2. Gordon

        Want to see that there is no need for a third lane? Block off a lane and watch what happens. I get that it is more complicated than that, but if you were to adjust the lights and block off two lanes. If it is then thought that other complexities can make up for the congestion it will be telling.

      3. Andrew Gibson

        I realize that the complexities are more than that. I’m also not stupid. If we can remove one lane each way and adjust the lights to minimize backup during peak use with the project in place then that means the lights can also be adjusted without the project to reduce the east/west backup during peak use now.

        I’ve been driving that stretch of road for over 20 years now and rode a bike on that road longer than that. I remember many of the changes that were made to help traffic flow. I’ll tell you right now unless things are set so a driver can hit every light green after a red one between 500 W and Stadium Ave (Nearly impossible I know) there are going to be massive backups during peak use times by removing lanes.

      4. Andrew Gibson

        If we’re going to block off lanes to see how effective this is then construction barrels aren’t appropriate as people slow down and tend to get confused. Use the movable concrete barriers/K rails.

  43. Clancy

    UDOT has done some research about the impacts of raised medians on retail land uses. Here is a link to the report: http://www.udot.utah.gov/main/uconowner.gf?n=4511209509821664

    In general the research shows that raised medians do not have any negative impact to retail development. In most cases business actually increased due to safer access and an overall improved perception of the area.

  44. An

    I’m glad you’re making it safer for both bicyclist and cars. However being a resident that lives in this area it is already hard to get into those businesses, having no left turns along Bulldog Boulevard is just going to add to that frustration and I think it will be dangerous at the intersection when people are trying to make u turns

  45. Gordon

    Still one of the most stupid moves in Provo road/traffic history. Remove the high school students from the equation, then see if it is needed for safety – or – move forward and create headaches for those of us who travel that road daily. Don’t hide behind safety statistics that will drastically change in the near future, just say I want to make this stupid move whether it is a good thing or not.

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