Problematic Old Auburn Road Getting Complete Streets Makeover
CITRUS HEIGHTS, FL- The City of Citrus Heights is working to improve Old Auburn Road in order to make it safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists, according to CITRUSHEIGHTSSENTINEL.COM. The Complete Streets program in Florida is an approach to designing roadways that consider safety for all road users.*
Part of the plan includes a road diet, meaning the road is shrunk down to one lane in an effort to discourage the use of the road by high-speed motorists looking for an alternate route to the interstate. Along Old Auburn Road, a six or seven-foot wide bike lane will be installed.
A study indicated that the lane reductions will be effective in increasing safety, but the time for morning commuters will increase by about 50 percent as a result. However, initial studies indicate that the number of drivers passing through will drop by about eleven percent when the lanes are reduced. Some working on the project are concerned that drivers may take residential roads to avoid the traffic on Old Auburn rather than taking Interstate 80 or another large roadway.
According to city data, between 2013 and 2017, there were 78 collisions on the road that led to injuries, and three resulted in deaths. Speeding was one of the leading causes, and just over half of the crashes were rear-end incidents.
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