City promotes Complete Streets with design manual, new administrator

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The city recently released a Complete Streets Design Manual in hopes of creating safer streets.

The 291-page manual provides comprehensive information about the 2012 ordinance and can be downloaded here.

“It takes into account best practices from all over the U.S. and applies those here as appropriate,” explained Mark Garrity, acting city director of Transportation Services. “What we’ve been doing over the last few years is trying to implement that by making changes to our design standards, and this new Complete Streets Design Manual actually provides essentially a toolbox of different designs that can be used by city engineers, by private engineers, planners, and anybody interested in trying to make our streets safer, more convenient, and more accessible for all users.”

The city’s Complete Streets project launched four years ago to ensure public streets serve everyone’s transportation needs, including bicyclists, pedestrians, and bus riders.

Among the changes, curb extensions that have been added to the sidewalk at the intersection of S. King and Isenberg streets that make crossing the street safer for pedestrians.

The City has also hired an administrator to oversee the program.

Mike Packard, a professional engineer with more than 15 years of local transportation planning and design experience, will lead a team that includes staff from the departments of Planning and Permitting, Design and Construction, Facility Maintenance, and Transportation Services.

Click here to learn more about the City’s Complete Streets program.

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