The first implementation phase of the Public Road Strategic Corridor Plan will begin the week of January 21. During this week, contractors and City staff will turn off traffic signals at Emma and Simpson Streets and install 4-way stops signs. The traffic signal heads will be covered and will no longer operate.
The second implementation phase will begin in March 2019. At that time, the traffic signal poles will be permanently removed and new pedestrian bump-outs, crosswalk ramps, and sidewalk repairs, will be completed in the Public Road corridor. This second phase is scheduled for completion in late April 2019.
Please watch these two short educational videos
Please watch the short video below on why the traffic signals on Public Road are going to be removed. (Note: This video intentionally does not have narrated audio to allow viewers to process the information at their own pace.)
Have you heard about the changes to Public Road?
¿Se ha enterado de los cambios que estamos haciendo en Public Road?
Please watch the short video below on how to use a 4-way stop intersection. (Note: This video intentionally does not have narrated audio to allow viewers to process the information at their own pace.)
The rules of the 4-way stop
Las reglas de la senal de alto en las 4 direccione
In January of 2018, Public Works launched the Public Road Strategic Corridor Plan which included assembling the Friends of Public Road Working Group (FPRWG) and hiring a planning and engineering consultant. The FPRWG, which is comprised of 17 residents and local business owners, met with the consultant from February 2018 through June 2018 to provide input and guidance on a strategic plan for Public Road. In July 2018, a public open house was held at the library and an online survey was sent out afterwards to gather input on the ideas prepared by the FPRWG. The consultant and members of the FPRWG presented and testified at City Council meetings in August 2018 and October 2018. City Council approved implementation of the plan, project monitoring, and a community feedback survey in 2019.
The purpose of the Public Road Strategic Corridor Plan is to:
• address aging infrastructure/traffic signals in the Public Road corridor that are in need of removal, replacement or upgrading.
• facilitate safe travel and access by people using all modes of transportation – walking, biking, accessing transit, and driving.
• accommodate the existing land uses in the corridor while keeping in mind future land use changes anticipated in the LURA Downtown Plan.
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