FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 9, 2017
Contact: Chris Brown
Tactical Urbanism Pilot Project:
Temporary ALL WAY STOP Configuration at Intersection of Rock Street and Mill Avenue
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The City’s Tactical Urbanism Review Team approved resources and a permit for temporary alterations to the intersection of E. Rock Street and Mill Avenue, in front of the Yvonne Richardson Community Center (YRCC) and Hayes Park. The approved temporary changes include transforming the intersection to an all way stop and the installation of three decorative pedestrian crosswalks. The pilot project will require Rock Street (between College and Willow Avenues) and Mill Avenue (between Huntsville Road and Rock Street) to be closed for installation work beginning on 9 a.m. on Friday, August 11. The roadways will reopen by 5:30 p.m. that same day or when the installation work is complete. The intersection project will be piloted for two months. Please note that inclement weather may delay the project installation to a later date.
Alli Thurmond Quinlan, a Fayetteville resident, submitted the permit application with the intent to calm traffic at the intersection. Quinlan’s application states:
To increase the safety and accessibility of the center [YRCC] and the adjacent Hayes Park, we propose adding crosswalks and intersection artwork design by the YRCC after school program kids. Additionally we propose to reduce the effective turn radius on west side of the intersection from 55 feet to a more standard 25 feet and add a temporary three way stop sign on the intersection to ensure drivers don't roll through the intersection and potentially hit a child on foot or bicycling.
Quinlan will measure and compare pedestrian crossing comfort levels and numbers of drivers who fail to stop or yield at the intersection prior to and during the pilot project time frame. Quinlan hopes the project will lead the City to consider making the changes permanent and opportunities for pedestrian and park improvements near the intersection.
City resources used for the project include Transportation Department staff time for sign installation and sign use. A City crew will install the stop signs at the intersection, creating an “ALL WAY STOP” and place advance warning “STOP AHEAD” signs located 100-feet ahead of the intersection on the east- and northbound approaches
City staff encourages citizens to provide feedback regarding various tactical urbanism projects. Information about tactical urbanism and a feedback survey can be found on the City’s website: www.fayetteville-ar.gov/tacticalurbanism.
Tactical Urbanism – community-led alterations to public spaces – often involve low-cost, temporary changes to the built environment intended to improve local neighborhoods and gathering places. A tactical urbanism permit process and application guide was created to ensure that public safety and welfare is not be compromised during installations and pilot projects. City staff from Engineering, Transportation, Police, Fire, and Parking Management make up the review team to ensure applications are able to meet all necessary safety and procedural requirements.