Plan Development Process
Our first task as a Steering Committee was to develop a Vision for the Route 40 Corridor that would describe our desired future for the Corridor and could be used to evaluate options and alternatives through the course of the study. Our Vision Statement follows:
The following Vision presents the Steering Committee's desired future for the U.S. 40 Corridor area. The Corridor:
- is a safe place in which to work, live, play and travel;
- provides a variety of transportation options, including personal autos, buses, van and car pools, cycling, and walking, that limit the level of congestion;
- has accessible businesses, places of employment, schools and community facilities;
- enjoys rapid, unimpeded provision of police, fire and other emergency services;
- presents opportunities for balanced economic development and well-managed growth;
- develops in a way that land use decisions and transportation services are coordinated;
- has an attractive visual and natural environment.
This Vision will be accomplished through the cooperation and integrated actions of local, regional and state agencies, interest groups and community organizations working to accomplish the following goal and objectives.
Goal and Objectives
Our goal is to enhance the quality of life in the Route 40 Corridor by improving safety, mobility, and access within the corridor while preserving our communities, protecting the environment, and facilitating planned growth and expansion of business and industry. Specific objectives are:
- Improve safety for residents-pedestrians, bicyclists, children, drivers and transit riders.
- Provide safe access to schools and community facilities.
- Improve accessibility for emergency services.
- Separate local traffic from through traffic.
- Provide more travel options for residents.
- Develop multiple approaches to transit.
- Reduce traffic congestion by providing additional capacity where justified.
- Maintain, don't increase, traffic through neighborhoods.
- Provide traffic ingress/egress for business.
Land Use Planning
- Accommodate already planned growth and the resulting traffic.
- Coordinate transportation improvements with approved land use patterns.
- Enhance visual environment and aesthetics.
Furthermore, in order to address the natural and cultural environment, the Plan shall also:
- Preserve and restore the physical, chemical and biological integrity of natural systems in the Corridor.
- Preserve the historic assets of the Corridor so that its cultural, educational, and aesthetic resources will be maintained as a legacy for future generations.
The Need for the Plan
During the next step in the process, the Committee reviewed conditions in the Corridor and defined the current and anticipated transportation problems along the Corridor. Listed below are conditions now and in 2020:
It quickly became apparent that two types of problems existed: those that could be addressed with short-term solutions, and those that required significant additional study, permitting, or funding identification. To begin implementation of the short-term solutions, we formed two Action Teams. Construction of many of the projects identified by the Action Teams is expected to be complete by the end of 2000. The problems not assigned to the Action Teams were carried forward for consideration as part of the Plan.
By June 1999, seven transportation improvement scenarios had been developed to address the more significant transportation problems in the Corridor. These alternative solutions were subjected to technical analysis, Steering Committee review, and public comment. As we grouped the most feasible of these scenarios into three packages of alternatives, we reviewed the study goal and objectives and found that the transit, pedestrian, and bicycle components were not addressed in the same detail as roadway improvements. To more completely achieve the goal and objectives, we formed two Working Groups to address transit and bicycle/pedestrian issues in more detail. These Working Groups made their recommendations to the Committee in late 1999.
We devoted the rest of 1999 to refinement of the scenarios into a cohesive set of proposed transportation improvements. In early 2000, the recommendations of the Action Teams, the Working Groups, and the Steering Committee as a whole were assembled into a 20-Year Transportation Plan. This draft Plan was presented to the public in May 2000 and received significant positive comment.