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Username: Stefanp

Post Number: 1
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - 07:57 pm:   

Okay. This is getting out of hand. Today, like so many times, I was driving home N on Parkwood only to find the lights at Hammond red. And they remained red. For one minute. Two minutes. Three minutes. FIVE minutes. I am NOT kidding. All this time, there are pedestrians crossing from the mall to probably go see a game in the Roughriders stadium.
Instead of alternating the cars and pedestrians, the police simply chose to stop the cars for 5 minutes on end, until traffic was probably backed up all the way to the 121 or even beyond. What gives? How stupid is this? People are trying to get home from work and they have to wait this long just to let a handful of pedestrians cross the street? Why aren't the pedestrians held back until they are sufficiently amassed instead of trickling through for five minutes? Seriously. It's lame.

Why can't a walkway be built over the street? Why can't the parking lot S of the stadium at Ikea drive be turned into a parking garage? This is getting out of hand as there are games several times a week and it's completely messing up traffic.

Curt Balogh, Spec. Asst. to the City Mgr
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Username: Admin

Post Number: 449
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Monday, August 27, 2007 - 11:10 am:   

I have forwarded your concern to our police department. Frisco PD provides officers during Rough Rider events to help people cross Parkwood at John Q. Hammons safely.

Pedestrians must cross 150’ of pavement to cross Parkwood Blvd. The average walking speed is 4 feet per second, so it takes 38 seconds for a pedestrian who has entered the street to complete their walk. It is the officer’s discretion when and how many pedestrians to cross at a time. However, during peak times, it is common for pedestrians to arrive at the crossing before pedestrians in the crosswalk have completed their walk.

Parking garages are already planned for the area adjacent to the Dr. Pepper Ball Park. These garages will be built as future development occurs. Parking garages are expensive and can cost $10-15,000 per parking space. So a parking garage providing 1000 parking spaces could cost as much as $15 million.

Pedestrian overpasses can easily cost $1 million. However, most pedestrian overpasses are ineffective because pedestrians typically choose to cross at street level rather than take the longer path over the pedestrian bridge. For example, the pedestrian bridge in College Station adjacent to Kyle Field was finally taken down because during Texas A&M games pedestrians continued to cross on-street rather than use the bridge.

John Black
Sr. Traffic Engineer

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