Downtown Connectivity Study

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** Public Survey**

The Downtown Connectivity Study’s survey is now closed. Thank you to all our community members that participated in the survey, attended the open house or submitted comments. The survey results and input from the public will be available to view upon completion of the final report. The results of the Study will be presented at a future City Council meeting and posted on this site.


Project Overview

Project Map

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.


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.

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.

The highest ranking alternative was the One-Way Couplet:

George Washington Way One-Way Couplet



 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 or at (208) 484-9592.


Schedule: 2019 - 2020

Downtown Connectivity Schedule


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