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Downtown Connectivity Study

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**Project Update 

    Downtown mapped area of studyThe City of Richland and the consultant team received a variety of useful feedback from the survey and open house. The project team is now considering an expanded Study corridor that could include the Uptown and end at Symons. This would create a larger Central Business District and 'downtown' for Richland. The most favored option after public input is a one-way couplet that would route northbound traffic on GWAY from the Jadwin intersection to the Symons intersection, with southbound traffic on Jadwin from Symons to connect back to GWAY at the regular Jadwin intersection. Included in the project are opportunities for on-street parking, widened sidewalks, landscape buffers, bike lanes in each direction and other pedestrian and bicycle amenities.

Project Overview

The purpose of this Downtown Connectivity Study is to advance the City Council’s vision for a pedestrian-friendly waterfront and downtown, while maintaining or enhancing the vehicular travel flow through downtown. The project team will develop, evaluate and prioritize street improvements in the area of George Washington Way between Williams Boulevard and Bradley Boulevard, a one-mile stretch. Ultimately the findings and recommendation will be presented to City Council and Planning Commission for selection of a preferred approach.

Background

The City of Richland has been working since the early 2000s to improve the Central Business District. Several studies have been performed and documents have been created since then, including the Waterfront Branding and Development Vision Reference Guide, Creating a Civic Heart Workshop Proceedings, and the Swift Corridor and Civic Center Study, to guide the City’s vision of achieving a center for housing, employment, shopping, recreation, professional services and culture. Most recently, in 2018, the City Council adopted an update to its Strategic Leadership Plan with six focus areas. One of the focus areas, Increase Economic Vitality, includes an objective to improve streets to enhance walkability in the core downtown area.

Important to Note:

  • Additional information on the project process and updated graphics will be available on this website by April 2nd.
  • City Council has not adopted a preferred option at this point.
  • No funding has been identified for this project.
  • No timeline or start date has been identified for making these changes.
  • The project is in the visioning phase.

Public Input

The City understands that public input helps shape a community-appropriate solution. The project team will provide opportunities for the public to provide input at key milestones throughout the study process.

On Thursday, January 23, 2020, the City hosted an Open House as an opportunity to review work completed by the City’s consultant team and a robust working committee made up of community members. This team was tasked with creating and analyzing alternative strategies for activating the City Council’s vision of a downtown and waterfront district more conducive to walking and bicycling. A public on-line survey was also available. The Initial survey results are available in the Community Advisory Meeting #4 below.  Full survey results will be available upon completion of the Final Report and available on this webpage.

Thank you to all our community members that participated.

The highest ranking alternative was the One Way Couplet - click on image below to enlarge. 

Map of downtown Richland road study recommendation

                                            

 For those unable to attend the open house, study materials and a survey were made available on this website from January 23 - February 6.

Supplemental materials include  Images of Alternatives Considered, the Evaluation Criteria, Ranking & Recommendation, as well as the Pedestrian and Bicycle Amenities under Consideration.

To provide input, you may also contact Caroline Mellor at CMellor@LangdonGroupInc.com or at (208) 484-9592.

Materials

Schedule: 2019 - 2020

Project Schedule from June 19 - May 2020

 

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