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Alabama Street Corridor Multimodal Safety Improvements

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The Phase 1 Feasibility Study for the Alabama Street Corridor Multimodal Safety Improvements, as recommended by the Pedestrian Master Plan, is underway and is anticipated to take approximately 18 months, from October 2012 through April 2014. Alabama Street experiences too many vehicle collisions and is a barrier to pedestrian, bicycle, and transit users. A solution will be determined through the Phase 1 Feasibility Analysis of Safety Improvements.

Open House Events

Two Open House events provided opportunities for the public and business owners to review project materials, ask questions, and provide input. To comment on the draft Recommendations, complete and submit a comment form. There is no established deadline for public comments on the Multi-Agency Recommendations for Safety Improvements. Public comments will be accepted up to the April 7, 2014 public hearing at City Council.

Open House #2 March 5, 2014

Open House #1 February 12, 2013

Project Overview: ES-466

How Can You Participate?

March 2014 Update

Open House #2 for the Alabama corridor held on March 5, 2014 at Roosevelt Elementary School. The multi-agency recommendation for safety improvements on the Alabama corridor were presented and then questions were answered by staff from all agencies at stations depicting various components of the project. All presentation materials, including a written summary of the recommendations and maps depicting the locations of all improvements were posted to the project web page. The Alabama corridor presentation was also made to the Bellingham Transportation Commission at their March 11, 2014 public meeting. After discussion and deliberation, the Bellingham Transportation Commission voted to approve Resolution 2014-02 in support of the multi-agency recommended safety improvements for the Alabama corridor. A public hearing is scheduled before the City Council on April 7, 2014.

February 2014 Update

Final Feasibility Study analysis work completed and multi-agency recommendation for safety improvements agreed upon. Open House #2 for the inter-related Bicycle Master Plan was held on February 20, 2014 at Whatcom Middle School. Public notices mailed to all neighborhoods and businesses for Open House # 2 for the Alabama corridor scheduled for March 5, 2014 at Roosevelt Elementary School. A public hearing is scheduled before the City Council on April 7, 2014.

January 2014 Update

Final Feasibility Study analysis work is being completed and Draft Report of Findings is underway. Public Works staff are now coordinating the second public meeting for the Alabama corridor, anticipated to occur in the first half March, with review by the Transportation Commission anticipated in March/April, and review by the Bellingham City Council anticipated in April.

December 2013 Update

Some additional analysis work was identified by the multi-agency working group and is currently underway with completion expected by the end of January. Public Works staff are now coordinating the second public meeting for the Alabama corridor to occur in late February or early March.

November 2013 Update

Multi-Agency Working Group met November 6, 2013 to discuss preliminary recommendations and will meet again on December 11, 2013 to develop final “Multi-Agency Working Group Recommendation.” Preliminary results of the technical analysis were presented to the Bellingham Transportation Commission on November 12. The Alternatives Analysis Report is currently being compiled and publication is expected by December 31, 2013.

October 2013 Update

The Phase 1 Technical Analysis has concluded and the Multi-Agency Working Group is scheduled to meet on November 6 to discuss analysis results and preliminary study recommendations. The complete results of the technical analysis will be compiled into an Alternatives Analysis Report by the end of 2013.

A second Open House with presentation to the public is envisioned for February 2014 , but is not yet scheduled. A public hearing before the Bellingham City Council is envisioned for March 2014, but is not yet scheduled.

September 2013 Update

The Phase 1 Technical Analysis is wrapping up in October 2013 and complete results will be compiled into a Technical Report by the end of 2013. A second Open House with presentation to the public is envisioned for January 2014, but is not yet scheduled. A public hearing before the Bellingham City Council is envisioned for March 2014, but is not yet scheduled.

June 2013 Update

Travel demand modeling and technical analysis is on-going with WCOG and Fehr & Peers consultants.

Open House Events

Two Open House events will occur to provide opportunities for the public and business owners to review project materials, ask questions, and provide input.

Project History and Activities to Date

2012 Traffic Volume Data Collection

Videos of Existing Conditions at Alabama/James and Alabama/Woburn
Total traffic volumes on the corridor are highest at these two intersections, which are congested during peak hours. We recorded 14 hours of video from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM and captured still images every five minutes of all the approaches at these two key intersections. These images were combined with video during the morning peak , midday peak, and afternoon peak time periods. The videos depict that while there are periods of traffic congestion, especially during the afternoon peak hour, some of this traffic congestion is due to the substandard left-turn pocket and there are very few periods of “cycle failure” where motorists have to wait through multiple signal cycles on Alabama Street.

Similar WSDOT Safety Improvements on SR 539 "Guide Meridian" Street  in 2013

Examples and Information on "Road Diets"

More Information

Contact the Public Works Department Transportation Planner, Chris Comeau, ccomeau@cob.org or 778-7946