Thanks to everyone who attended the presentations last night at Covington City Hall. We presented the full plan to the public and a short version to City Council, to a very positive response.
Our next step will be to finalize our design and deliver the Corridor Study Plan documents. We will have them finished by the end of this month and available for download here.
The design team will be in Covington Monday, March 19 to present design concepts. Two meetings will be held, first for public feedback and comment and second for City Council.
Where: Covington City Council Room
When: March 19, 2012, 5 PM
City Council Presentation
Where: Covington City Council Room
When: March 19, 2012, 6:30 PM
Washington Street before/after
Pictured above is one idea about how Washington Street could be improved without relocating any curbs or existing utilities. This is a minimal, inexpensive street transformation that could make a huge impact on traffic speed, bicycle and pedestrian safety and property values.
Washington Street Design Concepts
Above are four of our proposed re-designs for Washington Street. Shown from left to right: rural road, center median, parallel parking and side medians. We hope that these ideas can be used as a template for the redesign of Washington over time.
We haven’t posted much over the past two weeks, but we have been working. Above is one of our early sketches for potential improvements at the intersections of Caroll and School Streets, which will be improved and refined along with three other close-up study areas.
In this sketch, we recommend a process of building small-scale structures as demand appears, while connecting streets to open up parcel frontage. Over time, we also hope that the street can be urbanized in small segments, with bike lanes and perhapse even some on-street parking as needed.
We will be updating here with sketches and diagrams as the project comes together.
After the conclusion of our first workshop, the design team have returned to our respective offices in Atlanta, Charleston and Covington. In the coming three weeks, we will continue work on:
1. Conceptual designs which depict the future of Washington Street in our “focus areas”
2. Refinement of street and intersection designs
3. General recommendations for development and zoning
Check back here for weekly updates on our progress, including dates for our next visit to Covington.
Weekend Concepts Wrap-Up
Over the past weekend, we learned a lot about the corridor and began the discussion about future changes. Among the concepts were a general approach to Washington Street which sees the corridor in three segments: the Parkway, the Business Boulevard and the Porterdale Approach.
As a result, we will continue refinement on four focus areas (above left) to show how these places can change over time.
Second, one of our design options recommends the addition of two roundabouts. These could be located at Turner Lake Road and Flat Shoals Road, which would enable easy traffic flow, u-turns and a center median.
Saturday Workshop Updates
First of all, thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday afternoon. Despite a rainy morning, the design team was able to spend time driving the corridor and working on design options during the afternoon.
We have just begun the process of understanding the corridor, but definitely have some positive results from two days of study. Our next public meeting will be Sunday at 3 PM; please come by for a brief wrap-up presentation of our thoughts after this first workshop. See you then!