The roadside path along Laning Drive in Woodside, as it approaches the intersection with Canada Road, is now safe for equestrians and pedestrians – it no longer dead-ends in the vehicle traffic lane – but at what cost? And should the remedy that made it safe itself be remedied?
A bulb-out now intrudes 4 feet into the traffic lane to allow safe curving passage around a short section of plastered brick wall that blocks a straight path to Canada Road a few feet away.
Town Hall is planning to mail a survey to households along Laning, Jane and Ravine drives to gauge satisfaction with the change, Town Engineer Sean Rose told The Almanac.
The sticking point is that road is now narrower, and residents say they want the width restored, Rose said. "I don't disagree with that," he said. "In order to make that happen, we need to take that wall out."
Even with the bulb-out, Rose said, the turning radius is such that passenger vehicles should not have a problem making the turn from Canada onto Laning, and the turn "is achievable" for large trucks.
"The way things were is not acceptable," he said. "For whatever reason, it was allowed to exist, but that doesn't change the fact that (the path) dead-ends in the travel lane. ... "We're hoping that there's a solution that (would allow us to) remove the wall."