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From Dead-End Freeway to Urban Boulevard Presented to: The CT Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board May 19, 2011 Connecticut Department of Transportation Newington, CT New Haven Downtown Crossing Prepared by: The Route 34 Coalition and Elm City Cycling
From the Tiger Application: New Haven Downtown Crossing The Benefits • Increase Land Value, • Increase Short and Long Term Employment Benefits, • Position Development of the Remaining Three Parcels • Promote Long Term Economic Growth. “ The project is expected to result in a mode shift from 73.7% single occupancy vehicles currently to 65.5%” Reduce life cycle costs for roadway infrastructure (less driving + more walking and biking = less $ in upkeep)
Excellent Outreach from DOT and City of New Haven
Local, State and Federal Backing
Commitment to Improved Bicycle and Pedestrian Access
Interest in Innovative Design
Strong Public Support and Interest
New Haven Downtown Crossing The Good
All Designs Presented to date show a Pair of Four-Lane Road – That’s an Eight-Lane Road Through Downtown
The plans presented so far show more lanes than we currently have on the Q-Bridge
An Auto-Centric Design Philosophy
“ Let’s build enough lanes to move the cars and see what’s left”
It’s unclear who’s leading this project
City of New Haven?
Who’s Project is this?
New Haven Downtown Crossing The Bad
New Haven Downtown Crossing From Good to Great The Way Forward
Reduce the number of lanes on each road to 2 or 3
Leave more room for people
Some congestion is inevitable
We’ve never built our way out of congestion
Commit to a specific level of quality for bike and pedestrian facilities
Place this project in a broader context
New Haven Downtown Crossing From Good to Great Minor Improvement vs.….
New Haven Downtown Crossing From Good to Great A Multimodal Street for People