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September 4, 2018

Construction of ‘bumpouts’ begins on Main Street

Taking an estimated 10 days, the project will extend curbs at each corner of the Fifth and Main Street intersection.
Fifth and Main streets are not as safe for pedestrians as it should be. They play chicken behind cars.
— Warrenton Planning Director Brandie Schaeffer
Warrenton Bumpouts
• What: Concrete curb extensions to help make pedestrians more visible and shorten the crossing distance for people.

• Where: Fifth and Main streets, Old Town Warrenton.

• Construction starts: Tuesday, Sept. 4; scheduled to last about 10 business days.

• Funding: $45,000 PATH grant; $15,000 to $20,000 from the town.
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Pedestrians will soon have safer crossings at a busy intersection on Warrenton’s Main Street.

The town will install “bump-outs,” also known as curb extensions, at the four corners of Fifth and Main streets, starting Tuesday morning, Sept. 4.

A portion of Main Street — the block from Fourth to Fifth — will close at 7 a.m. and potentially remain closed until 7 p.m. each weekday, according to town Public Works and Utilities Director Edward “Bo” Tucker said.

“The following week (Sept. 10 to 14), the street will be closed between Fifth and Sixth street to allow for the (construction of the) other two corners and crosswalk,” Mr. Tucker said. “It will take about a week for each side.”

The project “probably is going to take 10 working days” total, Mr. Tucker said.

The improvements will make pedestrians more visible to drivers and improve the intersection’s safety, Town Manager Brannon Godfrey said last year.

The intersection at “Fifth and Main streets are not as safe for pedestrians as it should be,” Warrenton Planning Director Brandie Schaeffer said. “They play chicken behind cars.

“This puts them out into the intersection so they’re visible to a car without putting them at risk,” Ms. Schaeffer said. “It’s a proven method for increasing pedestrian safety and slowing traffic down naturally without using stop signage and lights.”

The project will eliminate a compact vehicle parking spot in front of Great Harvest, but the town may restripe the remaining spaces to replace that space.

The town council in October 2017 voted, 7-0, to accept a $45,000 PATH Foundation grant that will fund the project.

The project will cost an additional $15,000 to $20,000 that the town’s maintenance and sidewalk funds will cover, according to Mr. Tucker.

The Fifth Street “bump-outs” will serve as a pilot for potential future projects on other town streets.

The town’s “walkability” audit first suggested the project as a short-term improvement to the intersection.

Last August, PATH interns installed temporary bump-outs at South Fifth Street to give citizens an idea of how downtown Warrenton can be more accessible and walkable. 

On average, more than 6,000 vehicles travel Warrenton’s Main Street each day, according to a town traffic count conducted last summer.

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JOHN REEVES · September 11, 2018 at 10:30 am
I agree with it's someone's cafe dream look. This is the biggest
waste of the Tax payers dollars. The Town already has problems with
parking and now you've taking away parking spots. Way to go Town!!!!
If people can't look both ways and cross the street maybe they should stay home.
AndrewR · September 4, 2018 at 9:52 am
"Leonardo" is a fine example of the ever-present Warrenton-begins-with-no attitude.
Uh....No · September 4, 2018 at 8:16 am
So what are the folks at the other intersections supposed to do? Pay attention? Like they should be doing anyway.

How are service box trucks or even semi type service trucks supposed to navigate this sharp of a right turn? I wonder how long that nice new concrete will take to turn black with tire marks?

There people that drive normal vehicles that will not be able to navigate this sharp of a right turn without turning into the oncoming lane with double yellow lines. Last time I checked crossing that double yellow was illegal.
Some can't even park within a parking box on main street already. But we don't have a parking problem ........... yeah ok.

Who pays when the pedestrian that is waiting, now closer to the street than ever, gets hit from a right turning vehicle when the the right side of their vehicle rides up on the curb because they did not want to cross the double yellow?

The driver insurance co? Or the Town for not providing adequate space for right turning vehicles?

If a pedestrian gets hit in another intersection, is the Town responsible for not building these at them all if they thought it was going to help?

And the cost of installing the rest of these?

This looks like someone's sidewalk cafe' dream that could easily turn bad.

Time will tell I guess cause if it turns bad, and hope does not open a can of whoop-ass for the Town.

Where do we come up with such crazy and costly stuff when the best ideas are the simple and cheap ones ....... nearly always?

Has anyone even been hit at this or any other of the main street intersections??

Seems that simply lowering the speed limit to 15 mph or even 10 mph would have been much more cost effective and likely more effective overall.

Didn't your parents teach you, "Look both ways, twice, before you cross the street or highway"?

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
- Leonardo De Vinci
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