Nine (9) County Roadways with Ten-Foot Center Turn Lanes

A key contributor to NYS DOT’s unwillingness to design 5-foot bike lanes into the resurfacing plan for East Avenue is that their highway design guide requires a minimum lane width of 11 feet for two-way center turn lanes.

But with a road width of only 40 feet, the East Avenue project needs all three lanes in the “road diet” – both travel lanes and the center turn lane – to be 10 feet wide.

NYS DOT’s initial plan for the project contemplated three 11-foot lanes, but given that the road has less than 2% truck traffic, they were willing to make the travel lanes 10 feet wide to make room for 4.5-foot shoulders. As for narrowing the center turn lane by another foot, they treat the idea with a combination of skepticism and disdain. Their preference for 11-foot lanes is so strong that Kevin Bush, Regional Director for NYS DOT, characterized the revised plan of record as “almost a pilot project.”

Given NYS DOT’s disposition toward narrower two-way center turn lanes, you may be forgiven for thinking that they are somehow risky or speculative. What Mr. Bush has failed to mention during the course of this discussion, however, is that Monroe County’s design guide does allow for 10-foot center turn lanes. In fact, here we provide a list of nine (9) county-funded roads with 10-foot center turn lanes. Click on each link for a Google Maps location of the intersection – click on the PDF link to see the County design drawing for the roadway in question.

  1. Buffalo and GlidePDF
  2. East Main and PrincePDF
  3. Mt. Read and LattaPDF
  4. Ridgeway and McLaughlinPDF
  5. St. Paul BlvdPDF
  6. Leiland and LatonaPDF
  7. Latona and HolmesPDF
  8. Rochester General HospitalPDF
  9. Portland Ave. (Portland Pkwy. to Titus)PDF

A Note On Our Pictures

Our first blog post is a brief word on the imagery we are using for the Web site and social media.

The meeting picture was taken at Pittsford Town Hall, where Pittsford Town Supervisor Bill Smith hosted a meeting between interested citizens and NYS DOT Regional Director Kevin Bush. More than 20 people showed up!

The road picture was taken at East Avenue and Winton Road, where East Avenue features a road diet and federally compliant bike lanes. The picture was taken less than half a mile from the resurfacing planned by NYS DOT. We are asking only that East Avenue continue to have bike lanes as cyclists head east out of the city, as it does now until the city’s edge.

Interestingly, Winton Road has a 10-foot two-way turn lane at the intersection with Jefferson – steps from NYS DOT’s regional office at 1530 Jefferson Road.

That’s all for now. Many officials are at the Association of Towns Training School and Annual Meeting in New York City.

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