Hastings Way Redevelopment by Jeremy Gragert


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Way back in 2006, Eau Claire citizen Jeremy Gragert created a proposal to increase bicycle/pedestrian access along and across Hastings Way, add area beautification, and increase general safety. He focused on the stretch between Birch Street and East Clairemont Avenue. This is the PowerPoint presentation he used while speaking to various local groups.

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Hastings Way Redevelopment by Jeremy Gragert

  1. 1. Hastings Way Redevelopment Proposal to increase bicycle/pedestrian access along and across Hastings Way, area beautification, and increased safety Focus on Birch St. to East Clairemont Ave. corridor
  2. 3. Facts about Hastings Way <ul><li>6-lane road, up to 10-lanes at some intersections – if turn lanes are included. </li></ul><ul><li>Very little capacity for pedestrian or bicyclist crossing or along right of way. </li></ul><ul><li>Handles roughly 24,000 vehicles daily, half as much as before bypass. </li></ul><ul><li>In need of major reconstruction, repaving, beautification, and pedestrian infrastructure. </li></ul><ul><li>Traditionally had a high vehicle crash rate </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>High crash </li></ul><ul><li>Locations in </li></ul><ul><li>Eau Claire </li></ul><ul><li>2000-2002 </li></ul>
  4. 5. Basic Timeline <ul><li>The HWY 53 Bypass was completed in the summer of 2006. </li></ul><ul><li>Hastings Way was turned over to the City of Eau Claire in October 2006. </li></ul><ul><li>The state will pay for reconstruction, with the city getting money up front. </li></ul><ul><li>Preliminary planning starts 2008-09 </li></ul><ul><li>Projected construction in phases 2010-11? </li></ul>
  5. 6. Before and After Traffic Facts <ul><li>WisDOT daily traffic counts from October 2006 show a 50% decrease in traffic on Hastings Way between Birch St. and Clairemont Avenue, from a year before. </li></ul><ul><li>Totals went from 48,000 to 24,000 daily. </li></ul><ul><li>Some one-lane roads can handle high traffic: State Street near UWEC (15,400), and Water Street (14,500). </li></ul>
  6. 7. Our position <ul><li>Hastings Way is now a neighborhood corridor. </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-use trails are needed in both directions in order to facilitate development and retail business. </li></ul><ul><li>Crossing and commuting along Hastings Way is a safety and quality of life issue for people living, working, going to school, and shopping in the area. </li></ul><ul><li>Three lanes on Hastings Way are no longer needed, and two lanes is sufficient and will help to slow traffic. </li></ul>
  7. 8. Zoning shows mix of uses Yellow = Residential Red = Commercial Blue = Schools
  8. 9. Major destinations <ul><li>Grocery stores – Mega East, Gordy’s. </li></ul><ul><li>Schools – Memorial High School, Regis HS. </li></ul><ul><li>Housing – Waterford, nursing homes </li></ul><ul><li>Shopping – Eastridge Center, Kmart, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>City of Altoona </li></ul><ul><li>Restaurants – Woo’s Pagoda, Boston’s Perkins, Burger King, Heckel’s, etc. </li></ul>
  9. 11. Major Cross-streets (North to South) <ul><li>Birch Street </li></ul><ul><li>Main Street </li></ul><ul><li>Highland Avenue (to Altoona) </li></ul><ul><li>Fenwick Ave. (Regis High School) </li></ul><ul><li>Brackett Avenue/Fairfax Street </li></ul><ul><li>East Clairemont Avenue </li></ul><ul><li>4 minor crossings (N to S): Altoona Ave., Valmont Ave., Kirk St., and Pleasant St. </li></ul>
  10. 13. Defunct pedestrian infrastructure: Crossings <ul><li>Only two intersections with pedestrian actuated cross signals and crosswalks. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 on Highland Ave. near Eastridge Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 on Fenwick Ave. at Regis High School </li></ul></ul><ul><li>6 of 8 intersections with no pedestrian crosswalk or signal. </li></ul><ul><li>No ped crossing infrastructure for Brackett Ave. or Main St. intersections </li></ul><ul><li>Many crossings require walking (or running) 8 or more lanes of traffic. </li></ul>
  11. 14. Crossing: Brackett Ave. No Ped button, vehicles stopped in way of pedestrian
  12. 15. Crossing: Highland Ave. No Ped button, 9 lanes of traffic to cross
  13. 16. Crossing: Minor intersections Pedestrians have to run across 7-10 lanes
  14. 17. Crossing: Pedestrians often caught in narrow median
  15. 18. Sometimes empty, but still very wide
  16. 19. Other crossing considerations <ul><li>What are the costs, benefits and drawbacks to having underpass crossings at certain intersections for bikes/peds? </li></ul><ul><li>Do any crossings need underpasses, such as Highland Ave. or Main St.? </li></ul><ul><li>Should countdown pedestrian crossing signals be used to clear up misunderstanding of crossing times? </li></ul>
  17. 20. Defunct pedestrian infrastructure: Right of way <ul><li>Little parallel movement allowable on most of corridor due to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Parked cars abutting Hastings Way roadway </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tall grass, mud, or deep snow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Turn lane embankments and drainage grading </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sidewalk only on the very north end, near Eau Claire River bridge: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>On west side, sidewalk only north of Main St. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On east side, sidewalk only north of Altoona St. </li></ul></ul>
  18. 21. Right of Way: Parked cars abutting roadway
  19. 22. Right of Way: Turn-lane embankment
  20. 23. Truly defunct pedestrian infrastructure
  21. 24. No Bicycle infrastructure <ul><li>No shoulder on Hastings Way </li></ul><ul><li>No bike lanes for crossing or navigating Hastings Way </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to cross with short green-light timing. </li></ul><ul><li>Area is problematic because north-south bicycle movements are geographically forced toward Hastings Way but the roadway cannot handle bikes safely. </li></ul>
  22. 25. No bicycle trail results in conflicts
  23. 26. What we want <ul><li>Human-scale redevelopment (not just for cars) </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-use paved Bike/Ped trails on both sides of Hastings Way, eliminating one lane of traffic on each side. </li></ul><ul><li>Trees and other beautifying landscape features such as benches and park space. </li></ul><ul><li>Improved crossings, with signalized pedestrian actuated intersections, and bike lane crossings at major intersections. </li></ul><ul><li>Improved bus transit access and stops near retail businesses. </li></ul>
  24. 27. Clear pedestrian crossing zones: Looks like a future Brackett Ave. crossing
  25. 28. Another example: Notice stop line distance from crosswalk
  26. 29. Minor crossings equally clear
  27. 30. Justification in Eastside Hill Neighborhood Plan: Jan. 2007 <ul><li>Neighborhood Improvement Strategies, Transportation subheading (pgs. 28-29): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hastings Way Reconstruction Project: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WisDOT will reconstruct Hastings Way, prior to turning over maintenance responsibilities to the City of Eau Claire. As the City works with WisDOT on design issues related to reconstruction, the following issues should be studied and addressed if determined feasible . </li></ul></ul>
  28. 31. Eastside Hill Neighborhood Plan continued… <ul><ul><li>A. The safety of pedestrians and bicyclists crossing Hastings Way was identified as an important issue by the neighborhood. Particularly at Highland Avenue and secondly at Fenwick Avenue. Alternatives to more safely enable pedestrians and bicyclists to cross at these intersections should be considered as part of the reconstruction project. </li></ul></ul>
  29. 32. Eastside Hill Neighborhood Plan continued… <ul><ul><li>B. Pedestrian and bicyclist safety at Main Street and Hastings Way is also a primary concern of the neighborhood. With the pending development of the mixed-use development on the former Eau Claire Country Club property, this issue will be exacerbated. As a component of the development plan for the project, the developer is required to contribute $100,000 towards the construction of a pedestrian tunnel under Hastings Way in the vicinity of Main Street . As part of the Hastings Way reconstruction, funding for the balance of the project should be secured and the project completed. </li></ul></ul>
  30. 33. Eastside Hill Neighborhood Plan continued… <ul><ul><li>C. Pedestrian and bicycle circulation along Hastings Way is also very poor , with only a patchwork of sidewalks extending along either side of Hastings Way from the Eau Claire River to the south. The City should work with WisDOT in the development of a sidewalk and/or bikeway system along this portion of Hastings Way to accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists . The newly formed City of Eau Claire Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee as well as the neighborhood should provide input into this issue. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Responsibility: Department of Public Works, WisDOT, ESHNA, Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Timeframe: Short-term </li></ul></ul></ul>
  31. 34. Reduce number of traffic lanes? <ul><li>Traffic has been reduced by 50% since before the bypass, far more than projected. </li></ul><ul><li>Along most of the corridor there is not enough right of way for adding multi-use paths. </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer lanes make for safer and more timely crossings for all modes: Bike, Ped, Vehicle. </li></ul><ul><li>Traffic on Hastings Way needs to be slowed down to the speed limit: 35 mph. </li></ul><ul><li>The point is to “complete the street”, so that all transportation modes can use or cross the corridor. </li></ul>
  32. 35. Actually, it has fewer lanes and even has sidewalks!! A road similar to Hastings Way
  33. 36. Trees, median, wider sidewalks, bike lanes… But it can be improved.
  34. 37. Contact info <ul><li>Jeremy Gragert </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>(612) 220-1970 </li></ul><ul><li>Eau Claire, Wisconsin </li></ul>