Public feedback needed at upcoming workshop in DoverBy JOHN QUINN
Union Leader Correspondent
April 16. 2014 9:30PM
DOVER — Officials are asking residents and businesses to provide guidance in shaping the future of the city.
A public workshop for the city’s ongoing Downtown Pedestrian and Vehicular Access and Streetscape Study, which is being overseen by the city’s planning department, will take place in City Hall on Monday at 6 p.m.
“Residents and business owners alike are encouraged to participate,” Christopher Parker, director of Planning and Community Development, said.
During the session, consultants from the Cecil Group, RSG and Gibbs Planning Group will present three proposals for designs and circulation alternatives to help alleviate safety concerns for pedestrian along Chestnut Street.
Parker said one proposal would improve the existing one-way traffic pattern while the others have distinct ideas to include two-way travel in the downtown. He said the consultants are refining their ideas to improve traffic flow and the character of the streets.
“We’re hoping the consultants will send them ahead of time,” Parker said, adding the city will post the plans online as soon as they arrive.
The proposals are based on previous sessions, including the Jan. 21 public forum and past meetings of the city’s Transportation Advisory Committee, where residents, business owners and officials expressed concerns about pedestrian and vehicular traffic and offered ideas, according to a release by the city.
Following the presentations, participants will be broken into groups to discuss each proposal and determine whether the major downtown avenues, including Chestnut Street, Main Street, Central Avenue and Washington Street, should remain one-way, according to the release.
Parker said public input will help shape the proposals, which will be refined for another review later this spring and finalized in August.
Officials intend to create a more attractive pedestrian-oriented environment, make vehicle circulation more convenient, simplify the parking network and expand bicycle and transit links to and through the downtown, according to the release.
Parker said the City Council allocated $200,000 for the study, including the engineering design, in 2012 as part of the Capital Improvement Program from Fiscal Years 2014-2020.
For more information, call Christopher Parker at 516-6008 or email email@example.com.