Another round of discussion about Division St.
Next Tuesday (Monday is president’s day) the City Commission will consider a resolution of commitment concerning the street/road/highway called Division St. Their packet won’t be available until tomorrow. This is an excellent opportunity to remind the City and readers about the two set of recommendations for Traverse City’s Division Streetdeveloped over the last 2 and half years. (A search of posts related to Division St. will lead readers to more in depth coverage and commentary.)
It began with the hiring of URS Corporation who conducted a weeklong, well represented, public process to provide a plan that attempts to ameliorate the traffic and place issues in terms of context, safety, access and quality. Modern roundabouts were recommended and preliminary modeling was positive in showing automobiles would still be able to move smoothly trough the corridor. The promise is that it would also improve the other aspects of this part of the City.
After that plan stalled, a citizen committee was formed to make side treatment recommendations for the corridor. The intent of this process was to come-up with short-term improvements to the corridor that would move the City forward until a time when the intersections can be changed, which is a larger, messier process that must involve MDOT, potentially a vote on the use of parkland and, perhaps, some fairy dust. These citizen recommendations include streetscape recommendations, sidewalk placements and creating a definitive transition as people enter the City.
That committee’s objective statement is a clear statement of intent that came out of a large, diverse mix of interests:
To change the character of Division Street to create a City Street that is:
- safer for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians to share, travel along, and to cross
- better fits the context of the city and its neighborhoods
- unites the east and west sides of the street, and
- creates the environment and driver behavior to insure that traffic speeds will be reduced to 30-mph. This must be a demonstrable requirement.
I certainly support any and all effort given to this project. We shall see where it goes.
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