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    Re: JC Love Field to Remain in Same Location

    Quote Originally Posted by Champ967 View Post
    I like the looks of bricks. But the faux bricks are, in my opinion, cheap-looking.

    Either do proper bricks, or just paint the crosswalk. I dont know quite what it is, but the imprinted concrete just looks to me like ... legos.
    There's one intersection here on Arkansas' campus with the faux-brick. I'm not sure what it is, it's very thin but it's not quite painted on either.

    Anyway, within 3 days of installation it's already started to get worn down, and in 6 months they replace it entirely.

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    Real bricks are not as durable. They tend to break apart after repeated poundings by vehicles. If you use real bricks be prepared for a high maintenance/replacement cost.

    The bricks on Front Street Natchitoches look great and lend a very appealing look to the downtown. But, every 10 years or so, Front Street is shut down for several weeks as much needed repairs/replacements are made. In between, the city does spot-work replacing some bricks that have completely shattered.

    The weight of the bricks causes the whole sand bed to sink, forcing the 10-year work cycle. The bricks are removed, sand added, packed down, and the bricks placed back...using that time to also replace broken bricks. Taxpayers in Natchitoches have accepted this cost as the price to pay to keep the historic look in downtown.

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    Re: JC Love Field to Remain in Same Location

    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Dawg View Post
    There's one intersection here on Arkansas' campus with the faux-brick. I'm not sure what it is, it's very thin but it's not quite painted on either.

    Anyway, within 3 days of installation it's already started to get worn down, and in 6 months they replace it entirely.
    There is a sturdy concrete product that can be made to look like brick. No, it is not as attractive as real bricks...nothing is. But for the purposes of crosswalks in high traffic areas, it is a sensible alternative.

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    Re: JC Love Field to Remain in Same Location

    Quote Originally Posted by dawg80 View Post
    Real bricks are not as durable. They tend to break apart after repeated poundings by vehicles. If you use real bricks be prepared for a high maintenance/replacement cost.

    The bricks on Front Street Natchitoches look great and lend a very appealing look to the downtown. But, every 10 years or so, Front Street is shut down for several weeks as much needed repairs/replacements are made. In between, the city does spot-work replacing some bricks that have completely shattered.

    The weight of the bricks causes the whole sand bed to sink, forcing the 10-year work cycle. The bricks are removed, sand added, packed down, and the bricks placed back...using that time to also replace broken bricks. Taxpayers in Natchitoches have accepted this cost as the price to pay to keep the historic look in downtown.
    Didn't realize. I just think that the intersection needs some work being a little more pedestrian friendly. Folks fly down Alabama and Tech drive. A student got hit early this year on Tech Dr.

    With the future build of a new parking lot in the site of the softball/soccer field, we will see increased foot traffic from student and game day parking.

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    Re: JC Love Field to Remain in Same Location

    Quote Originally Posted by qng001 View Post
    Didn't realize. I just think that the intersection needs some work being a little more pedestrian friendly. Folks fly down Alabama and Tech drive. A student got hit early this year on Tech Dr.
    You can make the road safer by reducing capacity.

    Add a grassy median, make it one way in each direction, plus a dedicates bike lane. Boom -- safe road for pedestrians. And you can even plant some noble trees. Of course that would reduce its ability to carry cars, so probably a non-starter in auto-centric town.

    But there's almost always going be an inverse relationship between automobile capacity and pedestrian safety. (My friend and colleague CaseyDawg can corroborate.)

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    Re: JC Love Field to Remain in Same Location

    Quote Originally Posted by Champ967 View Post
    But there's almost always going be an inverse relationship between automobile capacity and pedestrian safety.
    You're right. I support more pedestrian focused planning but it's an uphill battle in Ruston unfortunately. People already complain about parking on campus and we have lots of parking.

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    Re: JC Love Field to Remain in Same Location

    Quote Originally Posted by Champ967 View Post
    You can make the road safer by reducing capacity.

    Add a grassy median, make it one way in each direction, plus a dedicates bike lane. Boom -- safe road for pedestrians. And you can even plant some noble trees. Of course that would reduce its ability to carry cars, so probably a non-starter in auto-centric town.

    But there's almost always going be an inverse relationship between automobile capacity and pedestrian safety. (My friend and colleague CaseyDawg can corroborate.)
    You are talking about a road diet.

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    Re: JC Love Field to Remain in Same Location

    Quote Originally Posted by qng001 View Post
    You are talking about a road diet.
    Yes, that seems to be the buzzword for it these days.

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    Re: JC Love Field to Remain in Same Location

    Quote Originally Posted by dawg80 View Post
    They tend to break apart after repeated poundings.
    Then this would be a perfect visible analogy to the teams that play around that intersection!

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    Re: JC Love Field to Remain in Same Location

    Quote Originally Posted by dawg80 View Post
    Real bricks are not as durable. They tend to break apart after repeated poundings by vehicles. If you use real bricks be prepared for a high maintenance/replacement cost.

    The bricks on Front Street Natchitoches look great and lend a very appealing look to the downtown. But, every 10 years or so, Front Street is shut down for several weeks as much needed repairs/replacements are made. In between, the city does spot-work replacing some bricks that have completely shattered.

    The weight of the bricks causes the whole sand bed to sink, forcing the 10-year work cycle. The bricks are removed, sand added, packed down, and the bricks placed back...using that time to also replace broken bricks. Taxpayers in Natchitoches have accepted this cost as the price to pay to keep the historic look in downtown.
    Many years ago I spent a year and a half in Germany. They used cobblestones which are much more durable than bricks. I believe bricks were adopted here because they were cheaper -- baked clay. However, even the cobblestones required periodic maintenance. I watched a man replacing some one time. Each stone was about 6-8 inches square (maybe a little larger) but also about one foot (maybe more) deep. I guess the work was done when they got loose. I couldn't imagine one wearing out.

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    Re: JC Love Field to Remain in Same Location

    Faux brick paint gets worn down and cheap looking.

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    Re: JC Love Field to Remain in Same Location

    Looks like we need to redo the masterplan for the athletic village post-tornado.




    Ashe Broussard Weinzettle (2010) - this has been scrapped.

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    Re: JC Love Field to Remain in Same Location

    Quote Originally Posted by Dawgonit View Post
    You're right. I support more pedestrian focused planning but it's an uphill battle in Ruston unfortunately. People already complain about parking on campus and we have lots of parking.
    For sure! Ever been to a game at LSU, Miss St, Ole Miss, Auburn, Southern Miss, Arkansas, Texas Tech, or TAMU? Those people would kill for our parking problems. And it has nothing to do with capacity. Many of their stadiums are in the middle of campus and there is literally no parking around it.

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