100 Ideas for New Paltz

68. narrow plattekill avenue

Posted in infrastructure, transportation by Jason West on June 11, 2009

Narrow the one way section of Plattekill Avenue, keeping tight to the college, thereby giving property owners along Plattekill over a dozen feet of new front yard to help buffer their houses from increased traffic.

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  1. Mark said, on June 30, 2009 at 9:10 am

    It’s a considerate suggestion, but the one way plan had problems that went beyond this, right?

    • Jason West said, on June 30, 2009 at 4:02 pm

      The one-way plan wasn’t shot down by the Village Board (after I left) because it had problems. They turned down a grant that would have determined what, if any, problems existed. See my comment on #65 above.


  2. Mark said, on June 30, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    This is from the report. I’m not so sure it matters if they took the grant or not if the report itself is aying this (among other concerns)…
    One way systems work best when the block length separating the one way streets is walkable. The distance between HW Dubois and Main Street is 1500 feet, which represents a 6+ minute walk time. The distance between Plattekill and Main Street is approximately 950 feet, representing less than a 4 minute walk time. Minimizing block length is important since one way systems are designed to encourage motorists to park proximate to their final destination on either leg of the one way pair and walk the rest of the way. One way pairs that are too distant from one another are considered inconvenient. For transit oriented development the preferred block length is 500 feet.

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