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This shortened version of a raised curb median extends through the intersection a distance adequate to prevent cross street through movements and left turning movements to cross streets from the main street.

This treatment can benefit pedestrians who need to cross any leg of the intersection and restricts vehicle entry into and out of neighborhoods and can therefore greatly reduce cut through traffic. This is also a traffic management technique.

Cut–through for cyclists should also be incorporated into the design.

This partial street closure is found in Berkeley, California.

The material provided on this page is from the FHWA publication "Pedestrian Facilities User Guide." This guide is currently under review by practicioners and others in the field. Subsequently, the material provided on this page is subject to change in the future.

Modified T-Intersections


Intersection Median Barriers


• To reduce cut through traffic on a neighborhood street.


• Local residents need to be provided access so they do not have to drive excessive distances to access their homes.

• An analysis of traffic patterns should be done to ensure that cut through traffic would not be diverted to a nearby street.

• Design should ensure safe and convenient bicycle and pedestrian access.

• Ensure that emergency access is not negatively impacted. Some designs (e.g. high mountable curbs) may allow fire truck access while inhibiting cars.

Estimated Cost:

$10,000 - $20,000

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