Your Input is Needed on Proposed Bike Lanes

Mark your calendars!

The Division of Engineering has scheduled a public input meeting on ten street re-paving projects, almost all of which include bike lanes in the proposed designs.

The meeting will occur as follows:

Monday, March 27th, 2017
5:30 Pm – 7:30 Pm
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Avenue
Conference Room C

MATA bus routes 50 and 34 directly serve the Central Library. Bike parking is available near the main entrance.

Recognizing an individual’s busy personal schedule, the meeting will be conducted in an open house format. Citizens may come and go at anytime during the two-hour window.

The ten re-paving projects are:

  • N. Highland St. – Summer Ave. to Walnut Grove Rd.
  • Riverside Dr. – Jefferson Ave. to Beale St.
  • N. Perkins St. – Summer Ave. to Walnut Grove Rd.
  • Hickory Hill Rd. – Mt. Moriah Rd. to    Winchester Rd.
  • Knight Arnold Rd. – Hickory Hill Rd. to Ridgeway Rd.
  • Riverdale Rd. – Winchester Rd. to Shelby Dr.
  • Cooper St. – Washington Ave. to Central Ave.
  • Getwell Rd. – Park Ave. to I-240.
  • Airways Blvd. – Shelby Dr. to TN/MS State Line
  • Mendenhall Rd. – Knight Arnold Rd. to Mt. Moriah Rd.

These projects are funded 80% through Federal funds and 20% through City funds. The official project titles are Surface Transportation Program Repaving Group 5 (PIN: 119539.00) and Surface Transportation Program Repaving Group 6 (PIN: 120588.00)

At the meeting, the City will present the proposed design for each street. City staff and consultants will be on hand at each project’s station to answer questions and provide additional information. Critically, attendees will have the opportunity to provide written comments and questions, which the City will record, respond to if necessary, and consider when deciding on how to proceed with each project.

Assuming a project’s proposed design receives positive feedback, construction would begin as early as this summer. If a proposed design receives overwhelmingly negative feedback, the City may alter the design and conduct additional public outreach as necessary.

Regarding Riverside Drive, data and citizen feedback collected from the Riverside Drive Complete Streets Pilot Project heavily shaped the proposed design to be presented at the meeting. City Engineering is of the opinion that the proposed design effectively addresses the various concerns voiced during the pilot project, while still achieving the overall priority of safety for all users of the street. For more information about the pilot project and to view its final report, visit this page.

Please find the time to attend the meeting, and provide your input on these projects!





City & MATA Receive $2.2 million for Pedestrian, Bike, and Transit Projects

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Today the Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization issued final approval on six Transportation Alternatives grants to the City of Memphis and the Memphis Area Transit Authority. The combined value of all grants nears $2.2 million.

The City received funding for the following projects (total project cost in parenthesis):

  • Kirby Parkway and Timber Trail Crossing Upgrade ( $220,000): An enhanced pedestrian crossing in front of Kirby High School with a refuge median, crossing signal, and new sidewalk.
  • Shelby Farms Greenline Crossing Enhancements ($425,250): Installation of pedestrian crossing signals and signage at all intersections along the Greenline that currently lack signals of any kind.
  • Christian Brothers University Pedestrian Access Improvements ($750,000): Modernization of the traffic signals and pedestrian crossings at Central Avenue and East Parkway as well as Early Maxwell Boulevard, repair to existing sidewalk along Central Ave. between East Parkway and Early Maxwell Boulevard, and re-location of bus shelters.
  • Mullins Station Road Pedestrian Improvements ($106,600): Planning and design work for sidewalk repair and infill on Mullins Station Rd. between Macon Road and the Shelby Farms Greenline. The City will seek funding for the construction phase as the project progresses.

MATA submitted two joint applications together with the City and received funding for both:

  • Crosstown Corridor Superstop Enhancements ($500,000): Replacement of existing bus shelters or placement of new ones, installation of new schedule and route signage and other amenities, and construction of widened sidewalks and improved crosswalks at targeted bus stops along the Route 42 corridor in Midtown.
  • Bicycle Access to Transit ($150,000): Installation of approximately 400 bike racks along targeted MATA bus routes, as well as bike lockers at MATA park and ride facilities.

The timeline for each project varies, with each reaching construction likely within one to three years. As part of the planning process, public input meetings will be held in conjunction with each project.

The Transportation Alternatives program is a Federal source of grants restricted for use on infrastructure projects that address pedestrian or bicycle connectivity or access to public transportation by walking or biking. Transit vehicles, such as buses and trolleys, are not eligible expenses. The City and MATA, which have previously received TA grants, will provide a 20% local match for each grant.

Check back in the coming days for a separate and more in-depth profile on each project.