The Pros/Cons Of The Boardman Lake Avenue Road Project
Updated 11:18 for clarity.
Below is a condensed list of reasons to & not to build the West Boardman Lake Avenue.
It’s not a complete list and I avoid some of the more philosophical, nuanced and promised arguments. It is a list pulled from the studies, community discussions and the stated outcomes/impacts. If you have items to add, please provide a comment and/or send me a message. This is an evolving list. Tonight’s meeting and subsequent community discussion will likely add and subtract from it.
Please note: The list’s focus is on the road because that is the only item that’s been drawn to this date and really the main point of contention. Also, I separate the recreational trail from the road as they can and will happen separately.
Reasons TO build: West Boardman Lake Ave. may…
- …reduce vehicles per day (VPD) in parts of Old Towne Neighborhood.*
- …fulfill a 20 year goal for some City residents.
- …facilitate the moving of MDOT’s rail wye at 14th Street and Cass.
- …facilitate east/west motorized traffic through the City. **
- …provide incentive for additional new commercial and residential development.***
- …increase revenue to the City by nature of being classified a major street.
Reasons NOT TO build: West Boardman Lake Ave. may…
- …induce more motorized traffic, measured in trips and miles.*
- …encourage east/west motorized traffic through City neighborhoods. **
- …have limited infill/development opportunity. ***
- …degrade east/west walkability.
- …have limited design options (influencing both aesthetics and speed) due to limited space (35-ft) and use of non-local funding.
- …(will) require annual maintenance costs and reduce available funds potentially applied to current streets.
- …stress 14th Street and 8th Street corridors with increases in vehicles & miles driven.
- …create a barrier between the City and one of its most important amenities (lake and trail).
- …create increased need to manage stormwater pollution from a roadway.
- …limit ability to create a place for recreation & social exchange along Boardman Lake.
- …counter the values expressed by 86% of residents who expressed that they’d rather see investments in existing infrastructure before building new roads. (GV Values, pg 10 Fig.6)
* From the most ambitious numbers provided by the consultant, BLA is projected to handle between 16-20,000 VPD. The current high counts for Cass St. and Union St. total around 21,000. If we use the projected counts, the City will see an increase of 5,200(+/-) vehicle trips per day for a total of 26,200-vpd. If the projections are correct, the plan is that Union St. will see 3,200-vpd and the goal for Cass St. is 3000-vpd.
Here is how I calculated the induced demand: (3,200(Union) + 3000(Cass) + 20,000(BLA)) – (2100) = 5,200 induced trips with the new road. This is without challenging the assumed reduction rates and consideration of behavioral changes that have known patterns of occurring with increased capacity, chief among them even more miles driven. The majority of the increased demand will come from new traffic generated through the corridor because the cost of driving through that area will dramatically be decreased–we are subsidizing driving rather than restricting it. (See Hinge Line for an explanation of how motorized traffic acts like a gas and expands into excess capacity.)
* * These items may be viewed either-way, depending on how your perception and belief in the role the City plays in providing for motorized traffic that is primarily just going through the City to avoid Grandview Parkway.
** * Something that will hopefully be answered during this round of public input is the real infill opportunities that exist, as well as the impact on the streets when that development occurs.
- Record Eagle Assumes Too Much About W. Boardman Lake Ave.
- Boardman Lake Ave. Will Do One Thing For Certain, Create Traffic
- Serious Questions Expressed About Boardman Lake Ave.
- West Boardman Lake Input Process Plan Released
- Boardman Lake Avenue: History Repeating Itself?
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