engineer talking to business men about the project designThere are many elements involved in city design planning. These include the streets, roads, sidewalks, control elements and curb extensions. Curb extensions physically and visually narrow your city’s roadways. This way, they create shorter and after crossings for pedestrians and increase the street space for signage, furniture, and plants.

There are different types of curb extensions which will be included in your city’s design drawings by civil engineering New Orleans-based firms such as ILSI Engineering. These are implemented in your residential streets, neighborhoods, and downtown. Here are these categories of curb extensions.

Gateways

These curb extensions are typically implemented at the mouth of your intersections. On residential and low-speed streets, gateways are designed to mark the point of transition to low-speed. A gateway is typically 1-2 ft narrower compared to your parking lanes. Stormwater management elements including rain gardens or bioswales are included in gateways for reduction of your street’s impervious surface and absorption of rainwater.

Pinchpoints/Chokers

These are installed at mid-blocks to add public space and slow down traffic. You can add bicycle racks in some areas of the chokers or plant street trees to enhance its aesthetic value. Before planting trees or any other street plants however you should consult your civil engineer and ensure the roots will not interfere with any underground infrastructure.

Chicanes

These are used on low volume downtown or residential streets to produce a chicane effect which considerably slows traffic. They also increase the public space you have on your corridors. Chicanes might warrant additional signage and striping to indicate their presence to drivers.

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The right choice from the above curb extensions is pegged on several factors in your city. These include your drains, the city’s topography and outline of other infrastructure elements. With a competent civil engineer, you are guaranteed of getting the ideal curb extensions to enhance your public space and make your city safer for pedestrians.