Cartoon Tuesday: Chutes and Ladders, State DOT Style

nys_dot.jpg

Via Steven Higashide at Mobilizing the Region:

A board game? An unusually colorful circuit board? Could it be
contemporary art? Perhaps the four sets of people represent humanity,
dwarfed by the boxes and arrows which symbolize the harrowing
complexity of modern life.

Actually, this is a real diagram from the NYSDOT Division of
Engineering’s Project Design Manual which was reprinted in the Final
Environmental Impact Statement for the Rt. 347 widening project. Apparently it was put there to explain the project development process in a nutshell. A convoluted, bewildering nutshell. (MTR’s intuition is that the diagram is intended as a reference guide for engineers, not the general public.)

Government agencies are often criticized for being opaque to the
public, and this is not the way to help. Other DOTs have explained
their processes in much simpler ways.

To read the fine print on the diagram, check out the original image on NYSDOT’s website (it’s big).

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Melinda Katz Tries to Kill Queens Blvd Bike Lane in the Name of “Community”

|
This was the community’s reaction to the @NYC_DOT proposal @MelindaKatz @StreetsblogNYC pic.twitter.com/JyyXFroWwK — Jaime Andrés (@jaimeamonc) May 12, 2016 Tuesday night’s meeting on the redesign of Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst was one of the uglier exercises in petty community board obstructionism in recent memory. Queens Community Board 4 District Manager Christian Cassagnol said the safety of cyclists […]

Mime Threat Overshadows Car-Free Prince Street Proposal

|
If you read the comments on the previous post, then you know something interesting is in the works for Prince Street. Next Tuesday, Community Board 2’s Transportation Committee will consider a proposal to turn a six-block stretch of Prince Street, from Lafayette to West Broadway, into a car-free zone on Sundays from 11am to 6pm. […]

De Blasio Gives DOT Permission to Put Safety Above Community Board Whims

|
When DOT allows community boards to veto street safety projects, streets aren’t as safe for walking and biking as they could be. This year, for instance, when facing opposition or anticipating blowback from community boards, DOT watered down a road diet and other safety measures planned for Riverside Drive; proposed disjointed bike lanes for Kingston and Brooklyn […]