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File #: 18-1200    Version: 1 Name: 8/9/18 Resolution First Street Project 08/09/18 Council Agenda People Friendly Streets Outreach Summary 06.20.18
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 8/9/2018 In control: City Council
On agenda: 8/9/2018 Final action: 8/9/2018
Enactment date: 8/9/2018 Enactment #: R-18-321
Title: Resolution to Approve Restoration of Two-way Traffic on First and Ashley Streets
Attachments: 1. council resolution FA 7.10.18 final.pdf, 2. People Friendly Streets Outreach Summary 06.20.18, 3. council resolution FA 7.10.18 final, 4. RES 1st Ashley William Transportation Improvements 071118.pdf
Resolution to Approve Restoration of Two-way Traffic on First and Ashley Streets
Attached for your review and approval please find a resolution to support restoration of First and Ashley Streets to two-way traffic.

In alignment with City Council's commitment to Vision Zero and advancing initiatives that enhance safety and accessibility of the right of way for vulnerable and at-risk users, the DDA seeks the City Council's support to restore First and Ashley Streets to two-way traffic.

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) prioritized the First & Ashley project in late 2016, with the goal of improving safety, wayfinding, business access, comfort and vitality. First and Ashley Streets were made into a one-way pair in the late 1960's as a first step to a proposed downtown bypass that was never completed.

In November 2017, the DDA worked collaboratively with City staff to select a qualified consultant team led by Smithgroup JJR and Toole Design Group, with engineering support from Wade Trim. The public engagement component consisted of over 40 one-on-one meetings and eight interactive public presentations and design workshops.

In close coordination with City staff, Toole Design Group led a detailed transportation analysis of existing issues and best-practice solutions. The analysis captured:

A total of 351 crashes on study corridors from 2013 - 2017:
* 11% resulted in injury
* 25 involved vulnerable users (7%)
* 84% of vulnerable user crashes resulted in reported injury (as compared to only 53% of overall injuries)
* Vulnerable users were disproportionally injured
* Angle/Sideswipe accidents account for over 56% of vehicle crashes on First & Ashley (common with multi-lane roadways)
* Nearly 40% of vehicles, more than 3,400 per day, are traveling over the speed limit on these streets
* Over 100 vehicles were recorded exceeding 40 mph in a posted 25 mph zone.
* Speed is directly correlated to likelihood and severity of injury. ...

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