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Archive for Sunday, May 31, 1998

S OFFICE, OUTLINES THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF LAY BACK CURBS:

May 31, 1998

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Advantages: Developer's work not as extensive; allows driveways to be placed without cutting a curb; easier to repair curbs because of lack of slope; able to be driven over; vehicles may leave road to avoid obstacles; allows developers greater flexibility in placing driveways; cheaper for developers; driveways can be tied without existing curbs and gutters; and residential access is improved.

Disadvantages: Street's drainage capacity is reduced; water forces flow out into street; bump created for driving into a driveway; drivers may park on or over curbs, instead of only the street; definition of street perimeters is reduced, adding to difficulties in removing snow and cleaning streets; too easy to drive over; makes it easier for drivers to plow through yards; increased potential for vandalism; greater chances for damage to sewer inlets; disrupts smooth flow of pedestrian traffic; pushes snow up onto sidewalks; does not control vehicular traffic, putting pedestrians and children at risk; increases need for underground drainage systems; and ``creates a climate for a juvenile game called `farming,' where motorists will drive into a yard and destroy everything in their pathway.''

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