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Neighborhood voices concerns over traffic bollards

Wednesday, March 8, 2023 by Jo Clifton

Members of the Barton Hills neighborhood have been fuming for a couple of weeks now over some unusually intrusive traffic-calming devices on Barton Skyway, between Barton Hills Drive and Skyway Circle close to South Lamar. As of late Tuesday afternoon, 575 people had signed a petition to try to convince the city’s Transportation Department to make changes to a street they say has suddenly become much more difficult to navigate. The petition contends that changes intended to make the street safer, particularly for bicyclists, has made it less safe instead. According to the petition,“We, the residents of Barton Hills have witnessed many near accidents, and confusion as drivers try to navigate the path. In addition, the sticks have narrowed both sides of the road to the extreme and make it very difficult to turn in or off of Barton Skyway. We also find the design to be extremely unattractive.”

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