20th Street Renovation: A Renewed Focus on Marshall University’s Pedestrian Safety

20th Street Renovation: A Renewed Focus on Marshall University’s Pedestrian Safety

Members: Maggie Capehart, Janie Matics, Mandie Ronk, Logan Sutphin, Alex Toler, Nick Wright
Advisor: James Bryce, Ph.D.

Project Description: Attention has been drawn to the danger inflicted upon those who attempt to cross 20th Street between the 3rd Avenue and 5th Avenue intersections. In its current state, there are no cross walks, stop signs, or yield to pedestrian signs along the extent of the roadway segment, which keeps oncoming traffic from recognizing that they are entering a zone of high pedestrian volume. In order to combat this issue, a senior design team- Six Fix Engineering- designed a potential solution that incorporates a pedestrian refuge island and counterflow lanes. Attention has been drawn to the danger inflicted upon those who attempt to cross 20th Street between the 3rd Avenue and 5th Avenue intersections. In its current state, there are no cross walks, stop signs, or yield to pedestrian signs along the extent of the roadway segment, which keeps oncoming traffic from recognizing that they are entering a zone of high pedestrian volume. In order to combat this issue, a senior design team- Six Fix Engineering- designed a potential solution that incorporates a pedestrian refuge island and counterflow lanes. The pedestrian refuge island would essentially serve as an 8 ft. wide center median that would break up the crossing maneuver into two steps, so that pedestrians would only have to focus on direction of oncoming traffic at a time. This type of feature in the middle of the roadway is a perfect way to give drivers a better idea as to the type of area they are driving into. The left-most lane at both intersections is prone to queuing, so by introducing counterflow lanes, a continual flow of traffic is possible as drivers turn directly into the lane closest to them. Implementing a new traffic flow would require appropriate signage and signal timing at both intersections to ensure that drivers understand the system, but drastically decreases delay that traffic currently experiences. The team was able to produce a thorough report for the design that resourced engineering software including Synchro for traffic simulation, PaveXpress for pavement design, MII for cost estimation, and P6 for construction scheduling. Extensive research upon appropriate standards and specifications was conducted to ensure that the proposed solution met all requirements. The individual skills of each team member were highlighted to promote the creation of a high-quality final product. With the appropriate communication, this design could be an addition to Marshall University’s campus in the coming future to increase pedestrian safety for students, staff, and our community alike.

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