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April 30. 2014 9:12PM

Online survey gives public chance to have say on Dover traffic flow

DOVER — The city wants to hear from residents about their travels through downtown by foot, bike or car to help improve traffic flow.
During a recent public workshop, consultants from the Cecil Group, RSG and Gibbs Planning Group presented three proposals for designs and circulation alternatives in the downtown. One would improve the one-way traffic flow, and two proposals called for changing the pattern to two-way traffic on all major downtown streets, according to Christopher Parker, director of Planning and Community Development.
To gather public opinion about the three options, the city’s planning department held a workshop April 21 and initiated an online survey, which can be accessed via the links on www.dover.nh.gov or directly from www.surveymonkey.com/s/DoverCirculation until May 24.

Public input is needed to help resolve whether the city should change the traffic flow on major avenues in the downtown — Chestnut Street, Main Street, Central Avenue and Washington Street — from one-way to two-way.

“We want to know what the users of the downtown think about pedestrian and vehicular circulation,” Parker said.

He said people can respond to the survey more than once, but officials will be watching the IP addresses in the responses to ensure no one person or group carries more weight than others.

“In Dover, the public produces the plans,” Parker said, adding residents and business owners have a lot of impact, especially since it’s counterproductive to make a change that isn’t supported.Parker said about 45 people — including “a good mixture of residents and businesses owners” — attended the April session.
“About half stayed after the presentation and broke into two working groups to review options in more detail and provide specific feedback to the consulting team,” Parker said.

As part of the process, members of the public will review and refine the proposals during a follow-up workshop on Thursday, May 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the McConnell Center, 61 Locust St.

Parker said plans finalized in August.

“From this point, the consulting team will work on a preferred alternative, which will be reviewed for costs and efficiency of implementation,” Parker said in the release.
The goal of the Downtown Pedestrian and Vehicular Access and Streetscape Study is to help revitalize the historic core of the city to maintain or increase the vitality of the community.

To view the proposals, visit www.dover.nh.gov/government/city-operations/planning/special-projects/downtown-access-plan/index.

jquinn@newstote.com


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