It was a misplaced diverter , said Alice Massie
, president of the Monument Avenue Preservation Society
, which - along with the Fan District Association
, the West Grace Civic Association
and others - has been active for years petitioning the council and public works to develop strategies to deal with Fan-area through-traffic.
The diverter , Massie
said , was not the solution.It forced a lot of people to make illegal traffic choices - driving through alleys and parking lots , making illegal turns , she
said.MAPS wanted the diverter to be tried , but the outcome was a lot of . . . it didn't work.MAPS
supported the proliferation of new all-way stop intersections , Massie
said , but she
called the changes , proposed by former Richmond Mayor Timothy M. Kaine , a stop-gap measure..
The ordinance was submitted on the eve of Kaine's departure from city government.Kaine had already resigned from the City Council to run as the Democrat nominee for lieutenant governor when the council passed the ordinance.
The city's public works department is not so confident that the signs will have their intended effect.
said MAPS and other city neighborhood groups long ago concluded that appealing to the council is only the next best thing to a real solution.
We're just kind of desperate.All we can get is stop signs , she
said.Everybody is trying to come up with a way.It's not just calming traffic , it's public safety , too.The city just doesn't see it as a package deal..
Farrar said , and Massie
confirmed , that public works has worked closely with neighborhood groups in recent months to come up with alternatives to the diverter.
The Fan-area resident groups are pleased - for now - with the signs , Massie
said.But they plan to continue to work toward a comprehensive Fan-area traffic study for real answers.
Besides funding for that study , the biggest obstacle to a lasting solution for Fan traffic woes remains the at-odds attitude between the council and its public works department , Massie
The saddest thing is that [ council's power to order traffic signs ] is what we have to rely on right now , she
said.But it isn't going to end because we got our stop signs..
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