🛑🚦UPDATE/CLARIFICATION: SIMS STREET & VILLARD SIGNAL🛑🚦
To clarify the history and background of the Villard Street lighting project. The city had submitted a grant to the North Dakota DOT to remove and replace the street lights and traffic signals along Villard Street. A public input meeting was held for this project this past May. The city was awarded a grant of $1.64 million of federal aid to complete this project. Because of the federal funding, the project needs to follow federal guidelines for traffic signals. Both intersections at Highway 22 and Sims were studied as to the need for traffic signals. It was determined that traffic signals were not warranted at Sims Street and Villard. That meant that the city could not install new signals nor make improvements to the signals. Prior to removing the signals, a 90-day trial period must occur, which will begin Monday the 16th.
Pedestrian improvements will be made in the 100 block of West Villard. Changes in pavement marking are also anticipated to improve pedestrian safety.
We understand this would be a significant change to the traffic flow in downtown Dickinson. We would appreciate that any comments or alternatives that you might propose be sent to the city at firstname.lastname@example.org for review by city and DOT staff. ... See MoreSee Less
Have you been reading the comments on theses posts? Everyone thinks we need the lights on Sims & Villard, except ND DOT. Imagine that
Removing that light is not a good idea regardless of pedestrian improvements.
Whom is responsible for the injuries and property damage during said 90 trial period?
It may be more prudent to track the traffic there in the winter. I specifically go to that light to make left handed turns when the roads are bad, to allow more turn time, and from what I read, others do too. Also, does it make a difference that it’s an emergency route?
How does it cost $1.64 million dollars to pull these lights down and add stop signs. I’m in the wrong business!!
I was at the meeting with ND DOT I asked if the city could retain the lights they said yes we could but it was not included in the federal aid. So if the city wants to keep them we can we have to maintain it. It seems strange that most cities want to slow down traffic speeds in their downtown areas. Bismarck even went from two lanes in their downtown to one. Here is Dickinson, we are going to revitalize downtown, build a Square, and install new street lights through the city from east to west right through the downtown corridor. This will encourage new business, but lets let traffic buzz right by at 35 miles per hour. One of the objections of having the "City Square" in the location on Villard and Simms was pedestrian traffic crossing Villard. There is still plenty of pedestrian traffic crossing Villard. There are at least six businesses one the block. This includes two eating establishments, a hair shop that many parents take their children to, pet store, clothing store, healthy lifestyle business and a computer retail store. I hope I didn't miss any. Many of these customers cross Villard to visit these businesses. Its sad that at one point of city leaders think crossing Villard may not be safe and in the next point, take out the one thing that slows traffic down. I hope that there is never a situation where a pedestrian, especially not a child, gets hurt because of this. Even though I feel it could be the city's fault they would be in the clear because the state said it isn't needed. I'll close with my first point the City of Dickinson can choose the keep the traffic light on Villard and Simms they just need to take responsibility for it.
I understand that they’re going to get rid of some of the parking spaces there to make it more visible. That’s not very helpful to the businesses there. And I agree with what’s been said before, you’re allowing traffic to drive right past - which means no one is seeing the shops along there. I’m all for better pedestrian efforts, lord knows folks like to dash across to their cars and not walk to the corner and wait for the signal, but after the stop and go lights are gone, it will probably be even worse.
This is an accident waiting to happen. Also, what stops people from dragging villard now?
Think you email is incorrect.
so we are not getting movie theater downtown? Because this will cause many accidents if the theater is built and there are no lights to protect walking pedestrians which will include mostly children going to movies.
🚦🛑 SIGNAL REMOVAL @ VILLARD & SIMS 🛑🚦
Part of the 2020 lighting project for Villard includes the removal of the signal at Sims. National standards require a 90-day review period to remove a signal. In conjunction with the NDDOT, we intend to start that 90 day review period on or around September 16. A STOP sign will be installed for southbound traffic on Sims. Additional NO PARKING signs will be added on Villard to improve intersection sight distances.
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This would be a terrible idea it's hard enough to make a left hand turn further down villard without the brake in traffic. The traffic count might not warrant the ND DOT keeping the light there coming off of Sims. But I'll make it even harder to make left-hand turns down east villard without it.
How are we supposed to turn left on Villard now? This was our only chance to do it safely.
And then cut down on parking on Villard. Ya another great idea. Must be taking advice from bismarck. Just let them see how many accidents happen this winter with everyone trying to head eb.
Yep. Bad move.
That light is the only thing that slows people down a bit on Villard. Crossing the street there is dangerous enough as it is.
Dumbest shit I’ve seen all day!
How dumb, how can this be stopped
Whomever thought of this idea should be run out of a job and town as well.
Another terrible idea for the city of Dickinson 🤦🏻♀️
Today we salute you city planners for great moments in stupidity 😡
🤦♀️ Are you kidding me!?
Just like the intersection by loaf and jug they need a stop light back there too! Leave this one or there will be lots of accidents
Someone has been skipping their piss tests to come up with an idea like this!!!!!
Is there a quota on how many traffic lights Dickinson can have or.......
Terrible idea. Parking is already an issue and you are going to decrease it? Crossing the street is already a pain and removing that light is going to make it impossible to cross the street. And not it will be impossible to turn onto or off of streets off of Villard. One of the worst ideas I have ever heard of.
Bernie Sanders running Dickinson?
This is as great of an idea as it was to put trees up right off of 19th ave e and 17th ave e onto 10th st east...... the vision to get onto 10th is horrible, waiting for the accident to finally take a chainsaw after the trees. Not mad they planted trees but be more cautious of where the hell you plant them and the growth that will come in the following years...... Sometimes this city has some stupid ideas.
No. It’s already hard to turn left onto Villard. Plus parking on Villard is precious, needing to move the parking availability seems dumb. Just leave it alone. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it! Spend the money elsewhere!! Side note: Sims is one of few emergency routes in Dickinson. Why on Earth would you mess with the lights?
Why cant they get public input on projects like this? We are the taxpayers...they work for us.
Can you please address the traffic on State Ave? The traffic from the high school from 7 until 8:30, 11:30 until 1, and 3 until 5 is crazy. It is pretty hard to get around. Some of those 4 way stops can go. Please consider making some changes.
I agree, not a wise decision!
Ok, so now we have a drag strip from 3rd Ave West to State plus a new drag strip from 3rd Ave West to 10th aAve East and beyond...and in the downtown area where pedestrians cross the street? Where do these ideas come from?
Great idea for the stop sign. Always waiting there for the light to change and no traffic.. Not sure avout taking away parking though
2 weeks ago
Fall City-Wide Clean Up Sept. 16-22 ... See MoreSee Less
Just yard waste?
What good does that do for us? The leaves don't fall until October.
Need to do this when leaves are down... took all fall winter spring to get the leaves in garbage.. as 28 set under snow till I could get them in garbage a few at a time...
This "city-wide fall clean up week" is similar to the "city-wide spring clean up week". At which time people picked up and bagged litter around neighborhoods, parks, along streets/alleys, cleaned out the garage/basement, etc. Groups are also encouraged to do community service projects and pick up bags like they did during the spring clean up campaign.There seems to be a misconception that the word "fall" means this week is for fallen leaves. Those that have yard waste from clearing off portions of their garden/yard can also put bagged yard waste at the curb as well. However, we would prefer as many people as possible utilize the grass boxes at the recycling sites instead, so the material can be made into compost rather than taken to the landfill. There will be an October yard waste pick up week TBD-but first we need to focus on the "city-wide fall clean up week campaign."
Thank you for letting us know... my problem I use to take branches ..leaves and grass to their bin on tenth ave east... in small trailer three bags and lawn tractor..but when they moved it across town.. couldn’t take it no more.. not everybody has pickups.. yep would rather recycle but can’t afford to have it done disability... even getting hard to lift it into the big containers... friend and I both have disabilities... took both to lift her bags in and empty ....
They removed it because people were putting branches in the container that was for grass and leaves only. Branches do not break down as quickly as the softer materials and the result is the whole box goes to the landfill.