Thank you so much for providing the opportunity to give input on the proposed changes. It is my sincere hope that you take our comments under true consideration, as we are the ones living in this part of town and are most impacted by these issues.
First Ave. & Superior St.:
I FULLY support BOTH the recommended short-term and long-term solutions proposed. Thank you for your openness to including this important issue in your assessment.
I would say we definitely need barriers and a light to direct traffic off of the Bridge and onto 1st Avenue, eliminating the ability for cars to 'offload' onto Superior and into S. Sandpoint.
One other issue that also needs to be addressed is Hwy 2 and Ontario. This is the ENTRY point for much of the traffic through S. Sandpoint trying to get out of town. So many people (and many High School students SPEEDING) cut through S. Sandpoint to avoid Hwy 2 and Pine street, in order to exit Sandpoint and to get to the bridge.
There is also a serious an issue with speeding on Ontario, which creates an unsafe area for pedestrians and neighbors. This will become much more evident when sports are more active at Memorial Field and during the Festival, although we experience it all day long. I realize a barrier at Highway 2 and Ontario is not realistic, however, I would suggest the following:
1) Consider adding additional signage at Hwy 2 & Ontario, such as “NO THROUGH TRAFFIC,” to hopefully discourage usage.
2) Add 2 stop signs along Ontario to INCREASE SAFETY and disincent drive through traffic. I would recommend adding them at:
-Ella Ave. & Ontario - At the start of the park.
-Florence Ave. & Ontario - At the entry to Memorial Field.
- I would NOT recommend adding a stop sign at S. Boyer, as it would inhibit movement into and out of the parking lot/boat launch.
3) Add additional speed limit signs and REDUCE the speed limit on Ontario. Increase monitoring by SPD.
First Ave. & Pine St.:
I FULLY support your ST and LT recommendations.
Fifth Ave. & Pine St.:
I FULLY support your ST and LT recommendations, although I do not know what a ‘couplet’ is.
Euclid Ave & US 2/Pine St.:
I FULLY support your ST and LT recommendations. We live on S. Euclid and the traffic and speeding on our street is terrible.
6th Ave. & US 2/Pine St.:
I support your ST & LT recommendations.
Pine St. Corridor:
I FULLY support these recommendations. Nothing about what exists in navigating Pine, Church, 5th and Hwy 2 makes sense today. Thank you for going back to the future.
First Ave & Bridge St:
I support your ST recommendations, although I’m not sure I fully understand what is being proposed in the diagram. If the area indicated is a ‘pedestrian only zone,’ how would there be traffic flowing down first toward Pine St. Would like a little more clarification on this.