There is a study that has just been concluded on Corrine Drive because something has to be done to fix the traffic issues on that road. Below is a picture of Corrine Drive. $9-$15 million to fix 2 miles of roadway. It’s definitely needed and will make that roadway much nicer for all modes of transportation.
But let’s compare Corrine Drive to McCulloch Road in East Orange County.
Notice how Corrine Drive is a 4 lane road. The report says, “Corrine Drive accommodates a daily average of 23,000 vehicles.”
Below is a picture of McCulloch Road. Notice how it is a 2 lane road. McCulloch Road accommodates a daily average of 23,000 vehicles. Daily volume is the same as Corrine Drive yet McCulloch has half the lanes.
4 lane Corrine Drive = 23,000 cars per day
2 lane McCulloch Rd = 23,000 cars per day
Here’s what the Corrine Drive study says. See if you can relate any of this to McCulloch Road in East Orange County.
- “At 80 feet wide, it has five lanes for vehicles,no bicycle infrastructure, and several sidewalk gaps.” McCulloch has 2 lanes with the same volume so in terms of how bad the road is, McCulloch is far worse.
- “Current conditions have led to many vehicles traveling well above the 35 mph posted speed limit, which makes walking and cycling along the corridor more difficult.” McCulloch has the same conditions.
- “Crashes are fairly common. From 2011 through 2016, 289 crashes occurred, and most were related to speed, such as rear-end collisions and sideswipes.” This is on a 2 mile stretch. McCulloch had 133 in the same period on a 1 mile stretch so very similar crash statistics.
- “Most of Corrine Drive appears inhospitable for anyone who wants to walk, bike, or use transit.” One could say the same about McCulloch.
Corrine Drive certainly needs attention and should get it but when will East Orange County get attention? This blog focuses on McCulloch Road but what is being done to solve all the traffic problems in East Orange County? There are millions of dollars sitting in the INVEST fund slated for East Orange County but is not being utilized making a person wonder if it still exists or has been scooped up for other projects in the county.
What is the plan to fix traffic in East Orange County?