The primary mission of the Transportation Department is to plan and project future transportation needs for the Anderson urban area and to promote the safe and efficient use of existing roadways. Also, with technology through computer networking and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the department maintains and updates current geographic data, provides mapping assistance, and designs, implements and maintains computer and networking needs for all city departments.
A typical road diet reduces the number of lanes on a roadway cross-section. One of the most common applications of a road diet is to improve safety or provide space for other users in the context of a four lane or extra wide two-lane section of road. The road diet reduces this to one travel lane in each direction. The freed-up space is then used to provide any or several of the following features:
- Bike Lanes
- Multi-Use Lanes
- Center Turn Lanes
Road diets do not divert traffic to other streets, because the road previously provided excessive capacity, and are usually successful on roads carrying fewer than 19,000 vehicles per day. Researchers have found that road diets can be expected to reduce overall crash frequency by 19% to 43%. Benefits of Road Diets:
- Lower Vehicular Speeds
- Reduced Crash Rates
- Improved Pedestrian Safety
- Promote Better Land Use
- Promote Greater Driving Attentiveness
- Accommodate Cycling Through the Addition of Bicycle Lanes
- Provide Dedicated Left Turn Lane
Please see “Road Diets: Fixing the Big Roads” for more information and research on road diets.