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Members of the public and area stakeholders have been invited to participate and provide feedback in multiple ways. These have included booths at Riverfest and Open Streets ICT, a multi-day charrette event in July and multiple public meetings. More information about the process is available on this page and the Downtown Streets Conceptual Plan web page.
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No, the City Council has not made a decision or weighed in on any possible pilot to try a three lane configuration on Douglas. At this time, a possible design has been created in order to collect input on the possibility. City staff were working to identify and secure funding to see if a pilot project would be feasible.
The item was submitted by staff to be on the consent agenda because the recommended action was for the City Council to approve depositing a $25,000 grant check for a possible pilot project. The City is unable to accept the grant without the City Council’s permission.
In order to help ensure a clear traffic lane, the draft design would move bus loading and unloading into transit pull-out pockets. You can learn more about the configuration options in the Douglas Avenue Approach document.
The three-lane configuration is being considered in order to help achieve the community priority goals described in the Douglas Avenue Approach document. This document also provides an overview of the tradeoffs with a variety of configurations.
There are multiple ways to be involved in the process and to provide input about Douglas Avenue, including the following: