New lane markings were painted on the road in 2015. Road diets improve safety and travel options for all users by reducing rear-end, sideswipe, and left-turn crashes and by slowing traffic. When road diets are implemented, total crashes are reduced by 18 to 44 percent, according to the Federal Highway Administration.
The road diet changed the lane configurations to include a vehicle lane and a bike lane in each direction with a center turn lane. In the time since, the City has received feedback from citizens via public meetings and other methods and conducted further analysis and data collection.
The full effects of a road diet conversion are often not known until after the diet is in place for some time, with the traffic engineering standard consisting of an adjustment period and three years of normal traffic patterns. For this reason, the City has elected to keep the road diet after the completion of the current Alpine construction between Richmond and Ann
to further study it and make small adjustments as needed. The City will make a decision on the road diet in the future and communicate it to citizens.