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!