If physical separation is needed between Route 31West and private property, use an open rail fencing type. A solid wall or any type of solid barrier that completely blocks views from Route 31 West is not recommended parallel to the road unless a solid barrier is needed to screen an unattractive use.
Do not place chain link, barbed wire, or electric fencing adjacent to and parallel to Route 31 West unless there is no other viable option. These types of fencing products convey an unwelcoming and institutional atmosphere that is not desired along the Corridor.
Limit outdoor storage areas visible from the road or screen them from view by landscaping, berms, walls, or fences. Also screen unsightly elements such as trash containers, loading docks, and large mechanical equipment from public view, or place these areas at the rear of buildings where they are not visible from Route 31 West.
Do not allow large paved parking areas to dominate the foreground of any view. Where large parking lots are necessary, screen or soften them with grade separation and/or landscaping.
ROUTE 31 WEST CORRIDOR DESIGN GUIDE
DRAFT: MARCH 2009