Be Sure to Submit Your Comments to the City by December 15, 2015 Regarding the Reconstruction of Dunlavy
On November 18th, the City Public Works and Engineering Department and the Planning Department provided a joint-presentation on new bicycle facilities on Dunlavy between Allen Parkway and Richmond; and the scheduled Dunlavy reconstruction between Allen Parkway and West Gray and between Richmond Alabama. Their reconstruction efforts will include new roadway, storm drainage, sewer infrastructure and new bicycle facilities. The segment of Dunlalvy adjacent to WinlowPlace itself is not currently under design, but they are looking for our input as they consider the entirety of Dunlavy and the neighborhood's needs. This is the "Middle Segment" between Peden and West Main.
If you missed the meeting, please review the presentation, linked here, yourself. They are specifically looking for comments regarding the configuration of bike lanes, pedestrian amenities and on-street parking. Anything else is fine, too, but pay particular mind to those items. It is likely that, when funded, the Winlow Place segment of Dunlavy would be modeled more similarly to the Southsegment, which in the presentation is Richmond to West Alabama.
The main thing to note is that they need your comments and input by DECEMBER 15th.
This handout has those details, but you can also just email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the North Segment, from Allen Parkway to Peden, they plan to:
- Reduce number of lanes to accommodate a continuous turn lane
- Improve signals and turn lanes at intersections
- Replace storm and water system
- Improve pedestrian realm
- Improve bike facilities
Possible configuration of North Segment is shown in the illustration to the right.
For the South Segment, West Main to Richmond, they plan to:
- Create dedicated parking area
- Improve signals and turn lanes at Richmond
- Replace storm, water and sewer systems as necessary
- Improve pedestrian realm
- Add bike facilities
Possible configuration of South segment, which is likely the one that might be most like what we'll eventually have, is shown in the illustration to the right.
Note that this is unrelated to the Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan Proposed Amendments that we fought for with the City. Those were specifically related to leaving Dunlavy with its current 60-foot right of way (so that the City would not "take" an additional 70 feet), as well as reclassifying Dunlavy from a 4-lane Major Collector to a 2-lane Major Collector. With the new classification, which we won, Public Works & Engineering is still able to "design" new street configuration within that given (60-foot) right-of-way. This may include, it sounds like, new bike lanes which after hearing public input at many meetings, might be a great thing pending the exact design.
Again, the main thing to note is that they need your comments and input by December 15, 2015.
Read the presentation, linked here, yourself. Note that This handout has information for how to submit feedback, but you can also just email comments to email@example.com.
– by Caroline Garry