Traffic signals make the most sense for intersection
Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 11:33 am
Re: “Traffic lights are only one solution to problem,” Feb. 6
As a civil engineer with almost 20 years experience of infrastructure works I feel obliged to comment, something I rarely do. I too live in Bayside, having recently moved from the UK.
The most cost-effective solution is to add a left-turn arrow to the existing lights, whilst Kimberly Border has a point and roundabouts are something I am very used to, it is likely to cost a vast amount more than adapting the existing lights.
My concern though was the engineer’s response that this will go out to tender. How can this possibly be good value for either the City or the taxpayer? There cannot be many contractors that are able to complete the work.
The amount “wasted” on preparing a specification, issuing tender documents, assessing the returned proposals and then issuing a contract for such a small project simply beggars belief.
A better method would be to offer a fixed-term contract for all traffic signal projects under $50,000 for two or five years.
That would represent better value for the City, less work for the City and less work for the contractor in qualifying for a bid, ultimately reducing all parties’ costs.