Cabot Traffic Presentation

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A quick presentation to the Cabot, Vermont Selectboard as part of a request to improve traffic calming measures in town.

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Cabot Traffic Presentation

  1. 1. Traffic Speed in Cabot Can We Do More to Ensure A Safe and Convivial Main Street?
  2. 2. Cabot Background <ul><li>Cabot is quintessential compact New England village </li></ul><ul><li>Until the 1950’s our Main Street was unpaved </li></ul><ul><li>A state “connector” highway serves as Cabot’s Main Street today </li></ul>
  3. 5. A Mixed Blessing <ul><li>The highway facilitates the uninterrupted flow of vehicle traffic in and out of town </li></ul><ul><li>Its purpose and design conflict with the residential and recreational life of town </li></ul>
  4. 6. Snapshot - Northbound (at Main Street Bridge N) <ul><li>Northbound: Peak recorded traffic hour is 5:00-6:00pm (>90) </li></ul><ul><li>40 percent (2 in 5 vehicles) traveled in excess of 30MPH </li></ul><ul><li>Highest volume of speeding traffic occurred 4:00-5:00pm (49:46 >30) </li></ul><ul><li>Highest recorded speeds were 50-55MPH (>3) </li></ul>
  5. 7. Snapshot - Southbound (at Main Street Bridge N) <ul><li>Southbound: Peak recorded traffic hours is 2:00-3:00pm (>90) </li></ul><ul><li>30 percent (1 in 3) vehicles traveled in excess of 30MPH </li></ul><ul><li>Highest volume of speeding traffic occurred 8:00-9:00am (35:45 >30) </li></ul><ul><li>Highest recorded speed was in excess of 75MPH (>3) </li></ul>
  6. 10. Proposal - Short-term <ul><li>Place 25MPH speed limit signs in town. Propose: Northbound 215 at Cabot Creamery and Southbound at bridge and both North and Southbound at Post Office/Common </li></ul><ul><li>Warn drivers of a “School Zone.” Propose: 100 feet north of the Gymnasium Street entry and 100 feet south of Cabot Church </li></ul><ul><li>Establish a clearly marked “School Zone.” Use vertical signage to raise driver awareness of town School Zone. </li></ul>
  7. 11. Proposal - Long-term <ul><li>Study other Vermont towns Have a look at how other similarly sized and planned towns in Vermont have managed traffic. </li></ul><ul><li>Raise the Issue before the Public Let the public know about traffic concerns in town and encourage appropriate involvement. </li></ul><ul><li>Resource and carry out a traffic study Work with the Washington County Regional Planning Commission, Vermont Local Roads Program, etc to study opportunity, options. </li></ul><ul><li>Cultivate a Main Street Tree Canopy Plant trees along Main Street to provide shade, contrast, and beauty that encourage better driver behavior. </li></ul>
  8. 12. Thank you. <ul><li>Lars Hasselblad Torres, Cathleen Maine </li></ul><ul><li>lhtorres@gmail.com, cathleenmaine@gmail.com </li></ul>

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