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Contractor Thought The Public Sidewalk Was A Good Location For Construction Signs

Recently, while taking 14th Street, I noticed construction signs limiting the width of the too-narrow public sidewalk — the East side between Olive & Locust — adjacent to the main library.

Looking North
Looking North from Olive you see the first sign on the sidewalk. Behind it is another on the sidewalk and a third in the grass to the right of the sidewalk.
This is the 2nd sign on the sidewalk, a bus stop is just beyond
This is the 2nd sign on the sidewalk, a bus stop served by five MetroBus routes is just beyond

I posted one image to Facebook & Twitter with the caption: “14th street sidewalk almost completely blocked by temp road sign #ADA” A response on Twitter suggested I tweet this to the CSB (aka Citizens Service Bureau). Instead I emailed two people at the Streets Dept, copying two from the Office on the Disabled.  Streets quickly identified the culprit — hired contractor Intren — working for Ameren.

The two signs on the sidewalk were reduced to one on the grass.
The two signs on the sidewalk were reduced to one on the grass.
The 3rd sign that was always on the grass --likely because they didn't want to cover/block the fire hydrant.
The 3rd sign that was always on the grass –likely because they didn’t want to cover/block the fire hydrant.

Temporary signs are a necessity, but so is the sidewalk next to the main library used by 5 MetroBus routes. The sidewalk is too narrow for the pedestrian volume but the historic library landscaping and the street width prevents it from being widened.  Once again, people unaware/unconcerned about pedestrians.

— Steve Patterson

 

Currently there are "2 comments" on this Article:

  1. tbatts666 says:

    Thanks for writing about this. Too common to put signs in bike lanes/sidewalks unnecessarily.

    We need to prioritize walking.

     
  2. dick says:

    Thanks Steve, keep up the good work.

     

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