The obstructed visibility is a big issue as are the designed safety hazards (light pole foundations).
One of the phantom hazards of this path is the visibility of the path itself behind the noise wall. It is simply "out of sight and out of mind". Because of that the issues that occur on the other side of that wall are easier to ignore.
The number of people that pass this section on the Hwy 26 side probably dwarfs the people that use the MUP or reside adjacent to it by a factor of over 100.
Snidely, and without factual basis, I'd be willing to bet that the primary concern of official maintainers of this path is ensuring that excessive light does not spill over on to the residences. Look at K'Tesh's night pictures of this area in post #316
on this thread: directly under a light pole and there still
is insufficient light to keep this from being dangerous.
I was serious about attempting to install some MUTCD compliant safety measures. The more I read of the code the more I can precisely work out what would be within requirements and not break the law. Other than that pesky bit about not being an authorized installer.
If I can work out precise transportation compliant engineering drawings I believe it is possible:
- have an officailly approved plan
- collect funding by donation
- and get it installed
- either by authorized contractors
- or by concerned citizens in an approval process that resembles local code approval of house plans and multi stage inspections.
That much planning I think should go to another forum thread.
That much planning I think might be applicable to many other areas.