Salisbury lined with new markings to increase safety

Salisbury Street in West Lafayette receives new marks called sharrows, which allow allow cars and bicycles to safely share the road. (WLFI Photo/Jamie Long)
Salisbury Street in West Lafayette receives new marks called sharrows, which allow allow cars and bicycles to safely share the road. (WLFI Photo/Jamie Long)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Construction on Salisbury Street in West Lafayette is now complete, but drivers may be confused by the new markings.

The marks are called “sharrows” and they allow cars and bicycles to safely share the road. Mayor John Dennis said sharrows are starting to pop up all over the United States.

Drivers will see them in the center lane between Navajo Street and Sagamore Parkway. Drivers are instructed to allow bicycles to ride and stop in front of them when approaching those two intersections.

Dennis said it makes bicyclists more visible to drivers.

“A bicycle is going to merge into that center lane where cars are also traveling. They will share that lane through the intersection and then convert back to the right-handed lane,” Dennis explained.

The Salisbury project also raised the street to eliminate the severe dip with the intersection of Navajo Street.

Dennis said the city is pushing for ways to make it safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.

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