January 20, 2012

One more ODOT bash

Having started this blog in late October 2011, I had little idea about what was happening in Columbus's transportation world. I've attempted to catch up with the I-70/71 "Split Fix" information out there and I found this survey at the meeting on August 9, 2011: 







That's what ODOT surveyed for? A few aesthetics? Pardonnez-moi, but I don't give a merde about those things. Instead, I would have preferred full, High Street styled caps along Spring Street or Long Street and taken whatever for the aesthetics.

Also, you can see a biker riding on a sidewalk in the renderings above. ODOT, it's illegal for bicyclists to ride on sidewalks in Columbus. As the Department of Transportation, you should be aware of these things.

Next, I have a beef with renderings of places with a lot of pedestrian activity. I am doubly frustrated when an organization, which specializes in models that predict how many cars are estimated to be on roadways, to willy nillily put pedestrians all over sidewalks in predicted images. Do I think the "Cultural Walls" which will be found on Spring and Long Streets will have this much pedestrian interaction?

Source: ODOT 
No.

Cool link of the day:


2 comments:

  1. Renderings are always pretty amusing, aren't they? The pressure needs to stay on ODOT to keep their promises of caps on all the overpasses. I'd personally be in favor of removing all inner-city freeways, but we don't always get what we want.

    Speaking of, did anyone manage to get a picture of this specific stretch of Cleveland Avenue when the overpass was gone? Looked great.

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  2. Yeah, it's true. I guess I forgot that every designer has exaggerated ideas of how popular places will be.

    Unfortunately, there will not be caps on all of the overpasses. In fact, only Long Street will have an oversized pedestrian cap which includes a cultural wall. According to the presenters, every bridge will be "cap ready," but it was never entirely explained how it would aid in construction caps down the road.

    On Columbus Underground there's a topic with a picture on it. You can find it towards the bottom of this topic.

    It does look great.

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