How will the Margate Mayor and Commissioners inform residents about the Atlantic Ave ‘road diet’ project? Not just full-timers, but 2nd homeowners too.
A so-called ‘road diet’ would reduce the current four lanes of traffic, down to two. That means one lane in each direction.
A virtual, public town hall presentation is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 8 & 10, 2020.
How will all Margate Taxpayers be informed? Sounds like Margate administration not yet confident in plan to effectively inform residents of this important public meeting.
Listen: Nov 19 Margate Commissioner Meeting.
Benefits of a Margate Road Diet:
- Slow traffic. Squeeze 4 lanes of traffic into 2, creating one lane of traffic in each direction
- Create center turn lane
- Create bicycle lanes on both outer sides of street.
- Provide dedicated, buffered lane for bicyclists
- ‘Bump outs’ at intersections for ez street crossing by pedestrians
What are potential problems?
Margate Commissioner John Amodeo: Maybe use a phone blast / robo-call? Margate’s robo-call list has about 12,000 phone numbers. Postcard mailing too?
Facebook is not enough. Neither are local blogs and press release services.
Amodeo suggested flyers be placed in local businesses like Casel’s Market.
Concerns over current, Margate City email list. Is it up-to-date? Is there enough time to inform the public? Administration fast tracking the public meeting.
- Construction contract must be awarded no later than Nov 2021.
- RVE, Remington Vernick Engineers authorized to proceed with traffic study, concept design & public presentations.
- Traffic report has been completed and sent to City.
NJ DOT says $273,642.00 has been awarded for Atlantic Avenue Road Diet in Margate.
Atlantic City will also reduce their Atlantic Ave lanes from Maine to Albany Ave. Four lanes down to 2.
No word from Ventnor if they’ll follow suit any time soon.
Public Safety Commissioner Tim Kriebel has yet to make announcement on this pedestrian safety issue.
As reported previously, Ventnor was last town on Absecon Island to reduce it’s speed limit on Atlantic Ave. from 35 to 25 mph.VM_Final-Report_FINAL-October-2016_FOR-WEB