Share Your Cornell Stories
Here are a few responses we’ve already had from the community. Please share your experiences below in the comments area.
“Our primary concerns remain the safety of recreational users crossing Cornell while using the Wildwood Trail, along with vehicle impacts on forest health and water quality within the Balch Creek watershed.”
– Stephen Hatfield, Forest Park Conservancy
“We have lived on Cornell Rd for the past 23 years and have seen increasing problems with the volume and speed of the traffic, as well as unsafe driving practices. Winter weather brings several days of treacherous conditions and cars sliding off the road are a frequent occurrence. As Cornell travels through both neighborhoods and a park, we feel the 45 mph speed limit on Cornell between Miller and 53rd is excessive. The visibility is poor from the majority of driveways entering Cornell in that area and frequently vehicles traveling down hill are exceeding the speed limit by 10 mph or more. We would like to see the 35 mph speed limit extended up the hill to Miller Road and stop signs at most intersections: 53rd, Thompson, and Eloise.
Cornell Road has become increasingly popular with bicyclists. The volume and speed of traffic in such close proximity to bicyclists and pedestrians is dangerous. We feel they should definitely be accommodated and would like to see the bike lane extended up the hill to connect with the bike lane on Skyline.
We feel that Washington County commuters should be encouraged to use the Sunset and measures to increase access and speed commute times should be explored.”
– Barbara Telford/ Barry Olson
“I live on 53rd and because Thompson is currently closed that traffic is now speeding by my house in the morning and evening, without regard for the safety of children or animals. Turning from 53rd to Cornell is even more difficult because of the blind corner. Any of my efforts to have the city slow traffic have been in vain. I think someone has to get killed first.”
– Jim Thrower, Ph.D.
“I live up a steep driveway at Thompson and Cornell, that is on Cornell between Skyline and Thompson. I have lived here for almost 4 years, and in that brief time, I have seen the traffic increase, and more and more speeding drivers come screaming past. There have been several accidents with cars landing in the deep ditch/creek, which is largely invisible from the road because they are driving too fast.
Traffic is especially bad in the early morning and late afternoon. Cyclists that frequent Cornell are in danger as drivers speed by overtaking them on curves. We sometimes have to wait 20 minutes to exit from our driveway in the morning. Cars roll out from Thompson onto Cornell engaging in risky behavior as they enter Cornell. (This road is currently closed so there is even more traffic on Cornell).
It seems clear that we must reduce the speed of the traffic on Cornell. Speed bumps, now designed so that emergency vehicles are not slowed, would help significantly. A flashing light at Thompson and Cornell is desirable, or a traffic light. It seems reasonable that if the traffic is slowed down, fewer outsiders will choose this Cornell Corridor route because it will no longer provide a quicker alternative.”
– Rene Breier, Ph.D