Grid Control, Vol. 21: Murderous intersection at Spring & 10th to be repaved and restriped — and, the hocus-pocus with a disappearing “No Trucks” sign at Spring & Vincennes.


On Thursday morning, the dull roar of invasive roadway dentistry signaled an exciting new phase in the ongoing grid modernization monetization project.

The whole intersection at Spring & 10th has been milled, to be repaved and restriped. Seeing as I missed Tuesday’s Bored of Public Works and Safety meeting, we turn now to Chris at Hanson’s Folly for coverage.

• The intersection at 10th and Spring streets will be milled, repaved and restriped in preparation for the two-way street conversion. The curve at Spring and 10th was considered too sharp for the marked speed limit, forcing drivers over into the bike lane. The area had already been striped, but will now have to be redone.

They’ll do anything to avoid a four-way stop, won’t they?

Ah, but here’s something useful.

• Many of the center lines on the streets that are part of the downtown grid modernization plan will not be marked until right before the streets are converted to two-way to avoid confusion. These streets include Elm, Market, Bank and Pearl.

Here’s how the intersection looked on Wednesday morning.

This Ragle employee seemingly was doing the impossible, because every single car coming around the curve meekly slowed and successfully stayed between the lines.

Had we just permanently stationed rotating city council reps, deploying them to work traffic slowing shifts at this corner, equipped with folding chairs and whips, the repaving wouldn’t even be needed.

Let’s move to the intersection of Spring and Vincennes, where it’s time to play Street Grid Hocus Pocus.

Now you see the “No Trucks” sign …

… and now you don’t.

Damn — the trucking lobby works fast, a task made easier by virtue of a thoroughly spineless and milquetoast City Hall.


Grid Control, Vol. 20: As Team Gahan dawdles, another bicyclist is crushed into mincemeat at 10th & Spring’s dangerous dogleg.

Grid Control, Vol. 19: In a positive move, HWC begins righting the wrong cross hatching on Spring Street.

Grid Control, Vol. 18: Finally a few BoW street grid project answers, almost all of them citing “contractor error.”

Grid Control, Vol. 17: Judging by the misdirection of this “CROSS TRAFFIC DOES NOT STOP” sign, we now reside in the British Empire.

Grid Control, Vol. 16: What about HWC’s cross hatching correction? Will this be finished before or after Team Gahan declares victory?

Grid Control, Vol. 15: Dooring enhancement perfectly epitomizes Deaf Gahan’s “biking last” approach to grid modernization.

Grid Control, Vol. 14: Yes, you can still park on the south side of Spring Street during the stalled two-way grid project.


Grid Control, Vol. 12: Meet the artistic crosswalk design equivalent of dogs playing poker.

Grid Control, Vol. 11: HWC Engineering meets with St. Marks, city officials nowhere to be found.

Grid Control, Vol. 10: City officials predictably AWOL as HWC Engineering falls on its sword over striping errors.

Grid Control, Vol. 9: “This was supposed to be discussed with us,” but Dear Leader doesn’t ever discuss, does he?

Grid Control, Vol. 8: City Hall characteristically mum as HWC Engineering at least tries to answer the cross-hatching question.

Grid Control, Vol. 7: What will the Board of Works do to rectify HWC’s striping errors on the north side of Spring Street, apart from microwaving another round of sausage biscuits?

Grid Control, Vol. 6: Jeff Speck tweets about NA’s grid changes, and those missed bicycling opportunities.

Grid Control, Vol. 5: Egg on HWC Engineering’s well-compensated face as it botches Spring Street’s westbound bike buffer cross hatching.

Grid Control, Vol. 4: But this actually isn’t a bus lane, is it?

Grid Control, Vol. 3: TARC’s taking your curbside church parking, says City Hall.

Grid Control, Vol. 2: Southsiders get six more parking inches, but you gotta love those 10-foot traffic lanes on Spring.

Grid Control, Vol. 1: You people drive so freaking horribly that someone’s going to die at Spring and 10th.