Lorimer Rd Community Meeting Q&A (02/08/2017)

Lorimer Road Community Meeting 2/8/17 (25% Design Meeting)

Audience Questions

Q: How much of a grade change is going to happen with the new construction?
A: Grade is to be brought up to current City standards.

Q: Why is a 3.5’ berm on one side of the street for shelter ok but the side with the sidewalk has to be 6’?
A: The side with the sidewalk is where the pedestrian traffic is being directed, the 3.5’ side is so people do not have to go into a ditch to avoid traffic.

Q: What does Neighborhood Yield Standard mean and how was it modified for this application?
A: 5’ sidewalk instead of a 6’ standard, 5’ easement, Vertical curb design. New construction neighborhoods have to follow the Neighborhood Yield Standards set forth by the city. Older communities get a retrofit of the standard to be less intrusive.

Q: Who is responsible for maintaining the new grass that will be planted in the 6’ buffer between the curb and the sidewalk?
A: Residents are responsible for maintaining and can decide what landscaping goes into the area. The grass that is planted will be guaranteed for 1 year.

Q: What will happen to the mailbox’s during construction and what about mail service?
A: Temporary postal service will be centralized near the construction area and the service will not be interrupted, no having to go to the post office to get your mail.

Q: What about traffic easement after construction is completed?

Was this concerning traffic calming speed bumps?

A: Residents can contact NTMP@raleighnc.gov 919-996-4066 Transportation Operations Division with any suggestions to make the streets safer.

Q: How far back from the sidewalk will the trees be removed?
A: The City is looking to remove as little trees as possible and only will within the grade area and temporary easement.

Q: Can residents request tree removal?
A: Residents wishing to have trees removed can contact the city on an individual basis for assistance on negotiating a removal price with contractors for those trees outside the scope of the project.

Q: How will local utilities be impacted during construction?
A: Temporary utility services will be in place with zero downtime for electric, water, sewer, gas. Permanent solutions will be determined and in place before any old services are disconnected.

Q: How will Google Fiber installation impact the new construction?
A: A coordinated effort to have Google Fiber contractors in the area before construction is begun to eliminate and damage to new constructions or services.

Q: What is the difference between an easement and right of way acquisitions?
A: Right of way acquisitions are where the city permanently purchases property from the owner for city use. Easement acquisition is when an area of land is to be used but not purchased. Easement acquisition is the priority for this project.

Red note added by Talal Shahbander

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