Reaction to city street project mixed, leaders report

Humboldt firefighter Chris Ubben is pictured next to the new air pack fill station recently installed at the Humboldt Fire Department. Firefighters will also be receiving all new air packs. The new air packs are rated for 45 minutes, while the old ones were 30 minutes. The new air pack fill station will rapidly refill air packs. The roughly $34,000 in new equipment is being paid for with funds raised from the Chief Rich Picciotto fundraiser earlier this year and other donations. Humboldt Independent photo.

It looks like there will be some minor changes to the bump out configuration at Sumner Avenue and Taft Street, and the pilot stop sign program will continue for another two weeks.
That was the word at Monday’s Humboldt City Council meeting.
ISG project manager Nick Frederiksen was at the meeting and offered two possible options to cut back the bump outs at the Sumner/Taft intersection.
“These would be slight changes, cutting back on the slopes and curves, making a smoother turning radius for snow removal and leaving as many parking spots as possible,” Frederiksen said.
Mayor Dan Scholl and other Council members mentioned that the stop signs are back too far. Scholl asked about more uniform signage and asked if stop signs could included lighted red LED dots.
“The stop signs are hard to see. They are a long ways back,” Council member John Sleiter said.
“I’ve gotten no positive feedback on the bump outs whatsoever,” Third Ward Councilman Joel Goodell said. “We are creating a maintenance nightmare,” he said.
While views on the pilot traffic project varied, Humboldt City Administrator Travis Goedken summed up the effort well.
“The downtown pilot project was a success from the standpoint that we received a ton of feedback, which ranged the full spectrum from stop signs to stoplights,” Goedken said.
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