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Vancouver’s Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program awards five projects in 2017

All five projects are slated for construction during the summer of 2018

VANCOUVER — Five neighborhood projects were awarded funding as part of the City of Vancouver’s 2017 Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program, which joins with partners to help residents manage and address traffic within Vancouver neighborhoods. All five projects are slated for construction during the summer of 2018.

Developed with the help of the citizen-led Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance, the city’s Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program helps residents improve neighborhood livability and calm traffic by suggesting solutions and championing project proposals. Projects awarded funding for 2017:

  • Northwest Lincoln Avenue, between Northwest 50th and 57th streets (Northwest Neighborhood) Speed radar feedback signs
  • Northeast 97th Avenue, between Mill Plain Boulevard and Northeast 9th Street (borders Marrion) Speed radar feedback signs
  • Nicholson Road, between Falk and Stapleton roads (Bagley Downs Neighborhood) Series of speed cushions on western portion of street
  • West Fourth Plain Boulevard, between Franklin and Esther streets (Carter Park Neighborhood) Speed radar feedback sign
  • Northeast 39th Street, between Northeast 122nd and 138th avenues (Image Neighborhood) Series of speed cushions in conjunction with a speed limit reduction to 25 mph

Funding for these projects, nearly $300,000, comes from the city’s Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program which uses a combination of resources, including Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) and Vancouver Street Funding Strategy revenues. This is the fifth year for the City’s revitalized Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program.

“Five for five,” said Ross Montgomery, NTSA chairman. “The NTSA is pleased to partner and help select five community projects for the fifth year of this city program to help slow traffic and improve neighborhood livability.”

Vancouver’s Street Funding Strategy, a long-term solution adopted in late 2015 to help provide the needed resources for taking care of the community’s street system, will continue bringing added funding to the City’s Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program in 2018.

The City of Vancouver and Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance encourage neighborhoods and residents to get involved by proposing and shepherding projects through the award process. Some examples of possible projects include: signing and surface striping, speed cushions, pedestrian refuge islands, curb extensions, radar feedback signs and street trees.

More program details can be found on the City’s website: www.cityofvancouver.us/TrafficCalmingProgram. Look for updates on the 2018 program to be posted in February.

Information provided by City of Vancouver.

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