Proposed Road Diets, Bike Lanes Need Public Input

The Division of Engineering has finalized the list of street segments included the Fiscal Year 2023 Capital Improvement Program Re-Surfacing projects. Many of these are proposed to receive bike lanes or undergo a road diet. The public input period for those is now open, and we need to hear residents’ input on the proposals. Read on to review the full list, and learn how to share your opinions.

Fiscal Year What?

Let’s first break down the meaning of “Fiscal Year 2023 Capital Improvement Program.” The City budgets funding and projects in a fiscal year from July 1 to June 30. Fiscal Year 2023 (a.k.a. FY23) will take place from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023. Capital Improvement Program, or CIP, refers to the budget that City Council passes every year to fund big ticket and typically one-time expenses, such as street projects or building a new library. The CIP budget is distinct from the operating budget, which covers day-to-day expenses.

Street re-paving projects, or re-surfacing as we call it, can take place within the CIP budget and Operating budget. Re-paving projects covered by the latter tend to be small, neighborhood streets, while re-pavings covered by CIP funds are generally multi-lane roadways.

So, what are the takeaways? One, the FY23 CIP Re-Surfacing projects will tentatively take place between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023. And two, the streets listed below do not represent an exhaustive list of all streets in Memphis to be re-paved in that time period, as many more neighborhood streets will also be re-paved under the Operating budget. A map for scheduled re-paving projects can be found here.

Some Streets Would Change Less than Others

When streets are due for re-surfacing, City Engineering assesses various criteria, including traffic volume, to determine an appropriate configuration to enhance safety conditions for multiple types of road users and with an emphasis on vulnerable ones (i.e. people on foot). Sometimes due to various constraints, a re-configuration of the street is not possible through a simple re-surfacing project. Other times, we can still achieve improvements that enhance safety without having to remove a travel lane, for example, by just narrowing wide lanes and adding bike lanes. In instances where we are not proposing any change in the number of travel lanes or on-street parking, the proposed configurations go straight to design.

If a proposed configuration would alter the number of travel lanes or on-street parking, however, we conduct public outreach prior to commencing the design work. Input from the outreach shapes the ultimate proposal that proceeds to design.

The FY23 CIP Re-Surfacing List

The street segments listed below constitute the FY23 CIP re-surfacing list. The proposed changes to the configuration, if any, are stated in parenthesis. Proposals with an alteration from the existing number of travel lanes or in on-street parking are listed as a hyperlink. Follow the link to take a survey about the proposal, view the proposed changes, and learn about “Virtual Office Hours” to discuss the proposal. If the street segment is not listed as a hyperlink, the number of travel lanes and the on-street parking will remain unaltered.

  • Egypt Central – Grand Cedar to Hawkins Mill (No Change)
  • Hawkins Mill – Egypt Central to New Allen (No Change)
  • Littlemore – Chimney Rock to Rockcreek (Bike Lanes)
  • Quince – 200′ North of Messick to Kirby (Bike Lanes)
  • Messick – Quince to McVay (Bike Lanes)
  • S. Germantown – City Limits to Winchester (Paved Shoulder)
  • Riverdale Bend – Winchester to Riverdale (Paved Shoulder)
  • Holmes – Hickory Hill to 1,500′ East of Lamar (No Change)
  • Kirby Pkwy. – Winchester to Shelby (Bike Lane)
  • Pleasant Hill – E. Holmes to City Limit (No Change)
  • Clearbrook – American Way to Winchester (Paved Shoulders + Marked Shared Lanes)
  • Barron – Prescott to Lamar (Bike Lanes/Marked Shared Lanes)
  • Cottonwood/Comanche – Perkins to Getwell (No Change)
  • Hollywood – Union to Southern (Marked Shared Lanes)
  • Hollywood – Central to Southern (Bike Lanes)
  • Tutwiler – Graham to Perkins (Paved Shoulders + Marked Shared Lanes)
  • Waring – Walnut Grove to Summer (Paved Shoulders + Marked Shared Lanes)
  • Southern – Highland to Western Dead End (No Change)
  • Prescott – Southern to Spottswood (No Change)
  • Shady Grove – S. Yates to Humphreys (Buffered Bike Lanes)
  • Graham – Goodlett to Walnut Grove (No Change)
  • Shelby – Weaver to Sewanne (No Change)
  • Latham – Mallory to S. Pkwy. (Bike Lanes)
  • Madison – Pauline to Watkins (TBD)
  • South Parkway – College to Bellevue (Buffered Bike Lanes)
  • Fourth – Union to Washington
  • Whitney/Clifton – Watkins to N. Rangeline (Bike Lanes)
  • Manassas – N. Pkwy. to Chelsea (Bike Lanes/Paved Shoulders)
  • Bellevue – N. Pkwy. to Poplar (Bike Lanes/Protected Bike Lanes)

All surveys will close at 11:59 PM on September 12, 2021.