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Route34 Presentation
Route34 Presentation
Route34 Presentation
Route34 Presentation
Route34 Presentation
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Route34 Presentation
Route34 Presentation
Route34 Presentation
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  • 1. 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
  • 2. <ul><li>Existing Conditions </li></ul><ul><li>The Project </li></ul><ul><li>The Good </li></ul><ul><li>Room for Improvement </li></ul><ul><li>From Good to Great  The Way Forward </li></ul>New Haven Downtown Crossing
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  • 8. 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)
  • 9. <ul><li>Excellent Outreach from DOT and City of New Haven </li></ul><ul><li>Local, State and Federal Backing </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment to Improved Bicycle and Pedestrian Access </li></ul><ul><li>Interest in Innovative Design </li></ul><ul><li>Strong Public Support and Interest </li></ul>New Haven Downtown Crossing The Good
  • 10. <ul><li>All Designs Presented to date show a Pair of Four-Lane Road – That’s an Eight-Lane Road Through Downtown </li></ul><ul><li>The plans presented so far show more lanes than we currently have on the Q-Bridge </li></ul><ul><li>An Auto-Centric Design Philosophy </li></ul><ul><li>“ Let’s build enough lanes to move the cars and see what’s left” </li></ul><ul><li>It’s unclear who’s leading this project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CT DOT? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>City of New Haven? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who’s Project is this? </li></ul></ul>New Haven Downtown Crossing The Bad
  • 11. New Haven Downtown Crossing From Good to Great  The Way Forward <ul><li>Reduce the number of lanes on each road to 2 or 3 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leave more room for people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some congestion is inevitable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We’ve never built our way out of congestion </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Commit to a specific level of quality for bike and pedestrian facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Place this project in a broader context </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Union Station </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Downtown </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Future Development </li></ul></ul>
  • 12. New Haven Downtown Crossing From Good to Great  Minor Improvement vs.….
  • 13. New Haven Downtown Crossing From Good to Great  A Multimodal Street for People
  • 14. <ul><li>Letter of Support from Board </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting with CT DOT </li></ul><ul><li>Route 34 Coalition </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Google Groups: Route 34 Coalition </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook Page </li></ul></ul></ul>New Haven Downtown Crossing Next Steps

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