Bay Road Safety Enhancement Recommendations:
- Stripe the entire length of Bay Road with foglines set exactly 10' from the middle of the yellow centerlines. As the road width varies from 22 to 26 feet, this will give you shoulders of 1' to 3' on each side. This isn't enough for a bike lane -- and it shouldn't be marked as such -- but it will be useful for bikes in that it will move cars closer to the middle of the road and slow them down a bit. Even more important, it will be a huge plus for people walking, checking their mailboxes, etc., as it will give them real breathing room.
- Bring those foglines a few feet in towards the center of the road going under the railroad bridge to make it a single lane. This will reenforce the sense that you can't just fly through that pinch point, AND it will preserve space for people walking and biking under the bridge. Some sort of enhanced signage -- SINGLE LANE UNDER BRIDGE or the like -- will be needed, and it would probably be good to put in a lowered speed warning sign (yellow, not white). (Note: Yellow "Narrow Lane" sign currently posted before rail bridge.)
- Institute and sign a 25 mph speed limit between the two bridges. I think it would be overreach at this point to drop the speed limit on the entire road, and it would be a bit pointless anyway absent physical changes to the road that would actually slow people down. But that segment is a logical place to start. (Note: 25MPH posted from rail bridge and ends just before Yacht Haven and La Platte bridge.)
- Put in a flag crossing system at the Ti Haul crosswalk. My sense is that this will be enough -- that traffic volumes are not high enough to warrant a flashing ped crossing system. But you can always upgrade later if you need to.
- Site a movable radar speed feedback sign somewhere along the road. Likely candidate sites include the stretch between Route 7 and the RR bridge, the section between the two bridges, and the area around the Ti Haul path. I'm assuming these signs collect data on speed (both maximum approach speed and how much speed declines), which would allow the Town to evaluate the impacts of siting the sign at each location.