Roosevelt Drive’s new sidewalk

Grant Park trail at Jefferson Parkway Grant Park trail at Jefferson Parkway Roosevelt Drive's new sidewalk

Roosevelt Drive's new sidewalk Sidewalks at Roosevelt Drive and Jefferson Parkway Roosevelt Drive's new sidewalk
Roosevelt Drive sidewalkI noticed last week that the new sidewalk on Roosevelt Drive is being installed, part of this summer’s Lockwood Division Roosevelt Street Improvements Project. (See my black arrows and black loop on a screenshot of the area on the image on the right. It’s taken from the Comprehensive Parks and Trails Map pdf.)

It’ll be great to have more off-street walking/biking in the neighborhood, plus it’ll connect to the Grant Park trail at one end and the sidewalks by the Senior Center and the NCRC building at the other, all part of a network of sidewalks and trails by the High School and Bridgewater Elementary.

Jefferson Park trail at Jefferson Parkway Jefferson Park trail at Jefferson Parkway Trail Route sign; Jefferson Park trail at Jefferson Parkway
One thing that still puzzles me, however, is the end of the trail that goes through Jefferson Park. It connects to the sidewalk but across the street, there’s a sign on the north side of Jefferson Parkway that says "TRAIL ROUTE" with a 90 degree arrow. If the intent is to signal people that now on-street walking/biking is required, it seems like there should be a curb cut there where a section of the sidewalk was just replaced.  Or am I confused?

80 trees on chopping block for street improvements project starting Monday, April 23; 100 more considered

In last week’s Administrator’s Memo, Engineering Tech Coordinator Sean Simonson has an update on the Lockwood Dr/Division St/Roosevelt Dr Improvements (2012 Construction) Project. Among other news, he wrote:

Heselton Construction has also indicated they will have their tree removal contractor on site the week of April 23rd to begin on tree removals throughout the entire project corridor…

Staff held the third and final open house Neighborhood Meeting this week. Staff presented the final construction plans to residents, and was on hand to discuss any issues property owners may have about the upcoming Street Improvement Project. Staff sent out a letter early last week encouraging property owners to set up a meeting on-site at their property to discuss the project on a property by property basis. So far, 26 meetings have been scheduled for next week.

See the October 21, 2011 Arborist’s Report and the Tree Impacts Map:

arborist report 2012Of the 203 trees on public ROW, there are 31 ash trees recommended for preemptive removal due to EAB (see appendix on EAB). Another 34 are recommended for removal based on a current poor condition or conflict. Nine location points were in fact buckthorn, and listed for removal.

tree impactsFifteen more trees of other species are categorized as becoming a possible liability within ten years, and recommended for probable removal due to various conflicts with infrastructure or other issues.

This leaves some 104 other trees that are still in a category of ‘To Be Determined’, as more detailed or confirmed information on impacts become available, and using a CRZ impact approach. Of the trees on private property, 26 are recommended for removal, either due to condition or obvious conflicts. Privately-owned ash trees have not been listed as removals, as treatment options are available.

Given last year’s debacle with trees on Linden and Plum, I hope all residents in the affected areas are fully aware of the plans:

  • DSC04891Linden St N (starting at Lincoln Pkwy)
  • Lockwood Dr (up to Meldahl Dr)
  • Division St (from Woodley to 8th St)
  • 8th St (from Water to Washington)

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