Take a Virtual Spin on the Argyle Shared Street, Now Fully Open to Traffic
The $3 million project involved raising the level of the street, eliminating curbs, and adding decorative pavers with a design that encourages shopper to freely travel across the street. Sidewalks have been widened to accommodate more foot traffic and sidewalk cafes, and the roadway has also become fully wheelchair accessible.
There’s still a bit of paving left to be completed, as well as some finishing touches such as adding landscaping to the infiltration planters and adding decorative covers to the steel-and-concrete bollards that help keep cars off the sidewalks. But last Thursday 48th Ward alderman Harry Osterman held a short parade and ribbon on the street as part of the final Argyle Night Market event.
There’s going to be a learning curve as various road users get accustomed to the new street layout. Although the street has been returned to two-way traffic, for the most part I only saw eastbound traffic, and all parked vehicles, on both sides of the street, were facing east. Drivers also seem unsure of what part of the street two park on in some sections of the streetscape, but that confusion will likely be cleared up as more visual cues are added.
Have you checked out the shared street yet? Tell us what you think of it in the comments section.