Euclid Avenue Traffic Calming Project
Traffic calming is a way to design streets, using physical measures that create physical and visual cues that induce drivers to travel at slower speeds. The design of the roadway results in the desired effect, without relying on compliance with traffic control devices such as signals and signs and without enforcement.
Over the years, the Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) has received requests for traffic calming along Euclid Avenue. In 2005, the speed limit along Euclid Avenue, between Morehead Street and East Boulevard, was lowered from 35 mph to 25 mph. At that time the operating speed was 38.1 mph. The operating speed was measured again in 2010, prior to the installation of the all-way stop at the Euclid Avenue/Templeton Avenue intersection, with a result of 38.8 mph.
Euclid Avenue lends itself to higher operating speeds. It is wide, straight, somewhat hilly with relatively few front facing residential properties, and large gaps of restricted parking areas.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services department currently has a storm drainage improvement project in design within the Dilworth neighborhood (Myrtle/Morehead Storm Drainage Project). This project will impact multiple streets within the neighborhood, including sections of Euclid Avenue. CDOT would like to use this future construction opportunity to construct traffic calming elements on Euclid Avenue during construction of the storm drainage project.
A concept was developed for Euclid Avenue during a series of public meetings and workshops held in November 2011. The concept plan highlights the proposed features along with brief narratives.