Bismarck street demo project modified after public feedback

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The temporary street demonstration project at 5th and Main in Bismarck has been modified — and it’s due to feedback received from pedestrians and motorists.

The project is testing public reaction to pedestrian-friendly curb extensions and high visibility crosswalks.

The crosswalks are aimed at making them more visible to motorists. The extended curbs are designed to reduce the distance pedestrians must travel to cross the street.

“The city of Bismarck has received a great deal of public input on the demonstration project and is enthused by the participation. Many of the comments have focused upon the colors,” Bismarck administration officials noted on their Web page and on Facebook. “The design and colors utilized during the street activation demonstration do not represent the actual colors and exact design that may be used during a potential permanent phase of such a transportation safety project.”

The city is refreshing the temporary paint and changing the color patterns for the extended curbs and crosswalks.

“With the color change in place, it will provide the opportunity for additional comments to be focused upon the safety features and walkability of the project,” the city notes.

You can read the complete news release here.

You can read the original news release on the street demonstration projects here.

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