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    Window roads

    How does everyone feel about window streets? Anyone use them regularly?
    What are the pros and cons of window roads?

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    I think we need just a little more information. Like, WTF is a window street? Or am I off base here?

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    this is a window road, where the local road is directly parallel to the arterial road. This pic is from London, Ontario.
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    They are used considerably in Charleston, SC along the islands outside of the city and they appear to work very well. It allows traffic to flow on the arterial while giving people the opportunity for easy access to the goods and services that like to concentrate in those high volume areas without impeding traffic flow (too much). The only big issue with them is that the right-of-way requirements are huge, making them very unfriendly to pedestrians.
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    Do they work from a traffic standpoint? In my experience, they often cause horrendous congestion where people try to turn out to the arterial.

    Do they work from a commercial perspective? If they end up limiting access to commercial businesses (i.e., you can only turn every 1/2 mile and then have to circle back, building visibility is poor because it is set back so much further, traffic moves past quickly and does not take notice of the businesses, etc., they fail in that regard.

    All of this is on top of the land requirement, unfriendly bike/pedestrian environment, and poor aesthetic dominated by asphalt.
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    I agree with Cardnal

    Window (or frontage roads) seemed like a good idea at the time when the rapid movement of autos was the #1 goal. They do kill access to business, consume enormous gobs of ROW, play havoc with bikes and peds and don't handle traffic very well except under special circumstances. I would stay away from them.
    US 19 in Pinellas County, FL recently underwent (may still be ongoing) the addition of them. This was a last ditch effort to maintain the capacity of a very important arterial in an area where another facility just could not be built.

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    well im doing a subdivisioin split in two, with an arterial running in the middle, there was alot of talk about having window roads where the arterial runs in the middle, and most of my class including me has window roads, mostly to add more development area.

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