The City of Portsmouth prioritizes convenient, safe and accessible streets and roadways for all transportation users. As traffic safety issues arise, the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program provides a mechanism for neighborhood groups to work with the City. It is intended to ensure that all neighborhood stakeholders are provided the opportunity to be involved.
In response to resident concerns about traffic speeds and cut-through traffic in the Barlett Street Neighborhood, the City staff facilitated a neighborhood meeting in September of 2018 to review a number of potential traffic calming measures for consideration.
Following this meeting, neighborhood residents met collectively to decide which temporary traffic calming measures they would like the City to implement on a trial basis. The outcome of that discussion was the following measures implemented by the City in September of 2019:
- installation of yellow and white plastic bollards (flexible delineators) at the Bartlett Street / Thornton Street intersection to narrow the width of the intersection and encourage compliance with stop signs
- addition of new pedestrian crossing signs
- installation of white bollards on Bartlett Street at its intersection with Pine Street to help slow traffic and call attention to the crosswalk at that location
The temporary bollards were removed in November of 2019 in advance of the winter season to facilitate winter snow clearing. In early March 2020, DPW staff met with neighborhood representatives again and the reinstallation of the bollards was put on hold until the neighborhood could provide more input on their effectiveness.