Public invited to weigh in on “street diet”

Jul. 19, 2014 @ 05:03 PM

 Residents soon will have a chance to voice their opinions on the proposed “street diet” for Uptowne.
Kimley-Horn & Associates Inc., a Raleigh consulting firm, was hired by the city to study the feasibility of reducing part of N. Main Street from four to two lanes of vehicular traffic.
Feedback from a symposium scheduled for Tuesday at the High Point Museum will be incorporated into the study, which is expected to be finished by late summer or early fall.
“We hope that folks will come out and tell us what their concerns are,” said High Point Transportation Director Mark McDonald. “The intent of the study is to look into the impact of the concept on traffic and where the traffic will go and how we’re going to treat that.”
The museum will host focus group sessions from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday for commercial property owners and business operators, area residents, as well as bike, pedestrian and transit advocates. Public workshops are scheduled to take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m., with presentations beginning at 6 p.m.
The City Project, the city-funded nonprofit that works to revitalize core city areas, made the street diet its top priority in the Ignite High Point master plan for implementation.
Supporters argue that reducing part of the street to two lanes will help draw more pedestrian traffic, which should, in turn, help the development of restaurants, retail and other types of businesses, as well as residential development, in Uptowne High Point.
The city has a $113,931 contract for the study with Kimley-Horn.
The consultants on Tuesday will share data that’s been collected so far, such as the volume of vehicles and traffic patterns along the N. Main Street corridor.
Once public feedback is gathered, the consultants will focus on how traffic patterns might shift if the road is dieted and how the city might address impacts of moving cars off N. Main Street on surrounding roads.
Anyone who would like to participate in these small group sessions is asked to call 883-3225 or email nmts@highpointnc.gov.
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