Ask Bungalower: Why is Amelia Street mock-blocked at Magnolia?

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“Why is Amelia Street not allowed to cross over Magnolia and is instead met with this barrier? Amelia runs both ways right before Magnolia!” – Andrew

According to pretty-City Press Secretary Cassandra Lafser, the island that blocks said traffic at the intersection of Amelia and Magnolia was installed as a traffic-calming mechanism.

Transportation Engineering staff informed Bungalower, via Lafser, that the “channelization island” was installed to manage traffic just after the new courthouse was built, with the intent of keeping increased traffic volumes from affecting the residential neighborhood near that intersection.

Editor’s Note: A channelization island is a floating area between traffic lanes that controls the direction of vehicular movement. A median is a prime example of a channelization island as it restricts drivers from crossing to the other side of the street.

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  1. i.e., people don’t want their neighborhood roads treated like the Autobahn. I lived on Livingston before it was bricked and the roundabouts put in; it was very busy and if it wasn’t backed up with traffic people would speed like mad.

    50 and Robinson are the E/W thoroughfares around Eola Heights. The city very purposefully tries to make other roads unattractive to people who just want to cut through (bricks, roundabouts, stop signs, etc.)

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