Posted: Saturday, November 23rd 2013 at 1:30pm
Gainesville Transportation Master Plan completed
By Ken Stanford Staff
GAINESVILLE - The City of Gainesville's 12-month transportation study has been completed and includes recommendations for transportation planning that takes the city through the year 2040.
The plan was developed following analysis of transportation data and input from the public, along with the plan's focus group.
The central element of this document, according to city officials, is a list of recommended transportation projects. (See link below.) The list provides the city with "direction for specific improvements to be pursued in the short-term as well as looking forward through the year 2040."
City officials say the transportation project list is a prioritized one and was split into three tiers, which generally correlate to short-term, mid-term, and long-term projects.
They add that specific implementation years can’t be determined at this time. However, specific project types and a range of years are proposed for each of the three tiers, which include the following:
• Tier 1 Projects – Potential Target for Implementation (2013-2020): Emphasis on low-cost/high value operational improvements and pedestrian improvements in high use areas to address current needs. It includes a number of traffic signal improvements and improvements to the intersection of E.E. Butler Parkway and Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard and the Butler Parkway/Athens Street intersection. It also addresses Green Street - recommending a ban on left-turns or restricting them during peak hours. Another suggestion calls for taking the existing four lanes (two northbound and two southbound) and creating two northbound lanes, one southbound lane and a turn lane.
• Tier 2 Projects – Potential Target for Implementation (2021-2030): Emphasis on additional connections to provide roadway capacity and pedestrian/bicycle connections in key areas to address current and future needs. Among the projects included in it is the addition of a new road parallel to Dawsonville Highway which would run from the Dawsonville Highway/Shallowford Road intersection and behind Best Buy and Home Depot, reconnecting with Dawsonville Highway via Ahaluna Drive.
• Tier 3 Projects – Potential Target for Implementation (2031-2040): Emphasis on projects with longer implementation and projects to address future needs. It includes widening Dawsonville Highway to six lanes from Shallowford Road to Sportsman Club Road.
Click on the link below to read the full report.
Link: City of Gainesville Transportation Master Plan
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