|#e.25234||Wednesday 12:00PM to 1:00PM
November 20, 2013
CM | 1.00
When Main Street Is a State Highway
“Main Streets” are an iconic feature of our western cities and towns. In many places they serve as the principal corridors for local economics, culture and civic life, and as such are hugely important not only to economic vitality and quality of life but to the very identity of the communities they traverse. But how should we manage the conflicts that emerge when Main Street is also a state highway? This webinar will provide a framework for addressing the conflicts inherent in the various roles we ask our main streets to perform, from carrying regional traffic to serving as parade routes, from handling heavy trucks to providing access to storefront businesses. We will review how main streets haven been damaged by “improvements” like stripping on-street parking to provide more lanes, converting main street and a parallel corridor to “one-way pairs,” or removing street trees and narrowing sidewalks. Using examples from around the country we will describe potential mitigation and repair strategies. Are bypasses ever the right answer? Is it possible to convert one-way pairs back to two-way operation? We also will review strategies and techniques for involving the public and the state DOT in consideration of alternatives that can meet state objectives for regional mobility while at the same time protecting the beating heart of our rural places.