Grid Control, Vol. 22: City engineer Larry Summers answers our questions about intersection striping errors and the “No Trucks” sign removal.


In Vol. 21, we asked questions about the soon-to-be-repaved intersection at Spring and 10th Street, and the disappearing “No Trucks” sign at the intersection of Spring and Vincennes.

Afterward, city engineer Larry Summers swooped into a discussion at the New Albany Indiana page at Facebook and gave these answers.

First up: Spring and 10th.

On the western leg of the intersection, the center line stripe was put in 6 feet too far to the south which created the exaggerated jog. Brian is correct in noted the street was milled because relocating the stripes without milling would have left grind marks along side the correct striping. The potential for confusion necessitated the milling of the asphalt.

All together now: Six feet!

This wasn’t a small error. Unfortunately, removing the mistaken dogleg and straightening the lanes likely will have the effect of speeding traffic through an intersection that SHOULD BE GIVEN A FOUR-WAY STOP, though the city seems determined not to discuss this topic.

As for the “here today, gone tomorrow” sign:

The original sign was removed prior to the project but the plans were put together when the sign was there. The intent still remained for the sign to no longer be present so the contractor was instructed to remove it.

Another contractor error, though once again, questions are left unanswered — in fact, they’ve been raised oft times before at the Board of Works, and never once given definitive replies:

Does a “truck route” through New Albany still exist, and if so, where is it? And if it exists, does the city plan on enforcing it?

Thanks to Larry for answering these questions. He probably willingly engages the public more than the remainder of Team Gahan combined, and as such, deserves credit.


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.

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.