Vancouver to begin preliminary planning work on four new Complete Streets projects

The city’s Complete Streets Program focuses on creating safe, accessible streets designed for equitable use by all people regardless of how they choose to travel

VANCOUVER — Vancouver City Council will get its first update on four complete streets projects scheduled to begin preliminary planning work in 2021-22 at an online workshop at 4 p.m. Mon., July 19.

The city’s Complete Streets Program focuses on creating safe, accessible streets designed for equitable use by all people regardless of how they choose to travel.

The city’s Complete Streets Program focuses on creating safe, accessible streets designed for equitable use by all people regardless of how they choose to travel. File photo
The city’s Complete Streets Program focuses on creating safe, accessible streets designed for equitable use by all people regardless of how they choose to travel. File photo

The new project locations are:

  • East Fourth Plain Boulevard between F Street and Andresen Road
  • Northeast 112th Avenue between Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard and the city limits at Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard
  • Southeast 34th Street between Southeast 164th Avenue and the city limits at Southeast 192nd Avenue
  • Ft. Vancouver Way between East Mill Plain and East Fourth Plain boulevards

“The Complete Streets Program provides a planning and design framework for the city to enhance safety and equitable access for all users of our public rights of way,” said Chad Eiken, the city’s director of community and economic development. “As our city grows and demand on our existing streets increases, we have an obligation to find the best solutions to move folks around safely and easily regardless of the form of transportation they are using.”

Funding to complete traffic analyses, community outreach work and design concepts for the projects was included in the city’s 2021-22 budget and this work will begin soon. The city will then use the results of this work to determine if any improvements will be included with paving projects already planned for these streets in 2022-23.

During the July 19 workshop, city staff will give city council an overview of each project, including scope, goals, context, design considerations, development process and community engagement plans, and will seek direction and/or confirmation from councilmembers on the planned approaches.

The workshop is closed to in-person attendance in adherence with the Governor’s proclamation 20-28.15 related to the Open Public Meetings Act, but it can be viewed live on Clark/Vancouver Television Comcast channel 23/323, online at www.cvtv.org, or on the city’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/VancouverUS).

Recent examples of complete streets projects include:

  • Adding speed cushions and buffered bicycle lanes to East McLoughlin Boulevard between East Reserve Street and Grand Boulevard (complete)
  • Adding enhanced pedestrian crossings and bicycle sharrows to East McLoughlin Boulevard between Grand Boulevard and Brandt Road (complete)
  • Adding protected bicycle lanes and sharrows, enhanced pedestrian crossings, bicycle detection technology, and removing the center turn lane on Southeast Tech Center Drive around the Mill Plain Boulevard intersection (complete)
  • Adding buffered and protected bicycle lanes, crosswalk improvements, streetlight upgrades, bicycle and pedestrian pavement markings and left turn bicycle boxes, speed tables and ADA-compliant curb ramps on Columbia Street between Columbia Way and West 45th Street (currently under construction)

Visit www.cityofvancouver.us/completestreets to learn more about the city’s Complete Streets Program and to sign up to receive email updates and invitations to public input opportunities for the 2021-22 projects.

Information provided by city of Vancouver.

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Alan
Alan
11 days ago

City workers / crews need to ‘MAP’ Out the city & as they are driving,
working, cleaning parks, shopping, or whatever, HIGHLIGHT & Take Notes of
streets w/ ‘HUGE Potholes’ & Issues, which have been in disrepair for YRS now!!!
EVERY Street in city limits should be repaired w/ BAD holes & bumps,
that could literally damage peoples cars!!! Bcuz WERE Paying for it, every year
w/ $40 per person added to our tabs (ridiculous) – to then STILL have crappy streets
and parks w/ toilets or ‘honeybuckets’ NOT being maintained!!! ;

1 example is the Entrances & Streets around the Walmart on 104th & Millplain!
The City along with Walmart need to ‘repave’ & fix those entrances & side streets
as well as the parking lot…. there are Holes’ a Ft deep in a cpl places & major damage
that shouldn’t be Left as is, for YRS.. and nobody is making it known where the ‘trouble spots’ are…. ;

It’s NOT expensive to fill & smooth out potholes & a Community empowered to
take action, could do it FAR faster & cost effective than the gov’t… ;
but there needs to be a SITE people can post trouble areas needing repair
and City Crews need to keep an Eye Out & MARK Down & Report where streets
need repaired or a fresh layer of pavement… ;

and it not take 2 or 3 yrs to get around to it… ;
but w/in a month… ;
have a cpl guys filling holes & smoothing out areas that could
create a lawsuit & waste even ‘more’ tax dollars,.. than just ‘fixing’ the problem
areas in the 1st place! ; )

Alan
Alan
11 days ago

And Please REMOVE Stupid dividers in areas that cause MORE danger
than they are “safe”… they ‘block’ important entrances to stores, schools, hospitals,
ALL Over The City!!! atleast ‘small’ areas need to be cut out so drivers can access
businesses Easily & not have to drive a mile down the road, to find a U-Turn… ;
and the Best is when u ‘Block’ everything off, then put up NO u-turn signs ,
so lets make it AS Stressful & HARD as possible, for people ALREADY under
intense anger & stress & hardship, from events the last 2 years! ;

somebody w/ some common sense HAS to get involved!
Most small cities in Oregon keep areas of the middle lane OPEN
so drivers can turn in or out & ‘Safely’ enter back into traffic!
dividers everywhere & uturns are ‘Far’ more dangerous & irritating
and ALL of Vancouver said a Big AMEN!!! ; )

Brandi Kenny
Brandi Kenny
10 days ago

we have so many people that are homeless or will be soon because of covid, is it really necessary to spend a boat load of the city’s budget on bicycle lanes. the priorities of our current city officials are clearly misguided, I think that money world be better spent helping put a roof over people’s heads and food in people’s stomaches should come before bike lanes

Greg Sullivan
Greg Sullivan
10 days ago

Right truth lanes and better visitable on turns would go s long way to help.

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