Downtown Traffic Study

Billings Montana MPO

Billings, MT

Downtown Billings Traffic Study: Alternative Prioritization and Public Preference Plan Goals:

This project is intended to use creative public outreach to develop the priorities and preferences identified in the Downtown Traffic Study. The study area encompassed 1.5 square miles, focusing on the roadways and intersections from Division Street to Main Street, and north to south from 6th Avenue North to 1st Avenue South. The final document identified six refined alternatives that provided acceptable traffic operations. Each alternative has tradeoffs with regard to traffic operations, parking impacts, bike facility types, and cost. The six refined alternatives are described below:

  • North and South One-Way to Two-Way Conversions – This alternative converts remaining north and south one-way streets between Division Street and 24th Street to two-way operation and provides potential bicycle facility connections consistent with the City's Bikeways & Trails Master Plan.
  • 2nd Avenue N & 3rd Avenue N One-Way to Two-Way Conversions – This alternative converts remaining one-way street on 2nd Avenue N and 3rd Avenue N west of 22nd Street to Division Street and provides potential bicycle facility connections consistent with the City's Bikeways & Trails Master Plan.
  • Montana Avenue Road Diet (Division Street to 18th Street) – This alternative reduces Montana Avenue from three lanes to two lanes from Division Street to 18th Street, provides for potential bicycle facility connections consistent with the City's Bikeways & Trails Master Plan, and maximize on-street parking.
  • 6th Avenue N Road Diet (Main Street to North 13th Street) – This alternative reduces 6th Avenue N from five lanes to four lanes between Main Street to 13th Street and provides a potential long-range bicycle facility consistent with the City's Bikeways & Trails Master Plan.
  • 13th Street Road Diet between 6th Avenue North and 1st Avenue North – This alternative converts 13th Street to a two-lane roadway with or without a center turn lane and provides potential bicycle facility connection consistent with the City's Bikeways & Trails Master Plan.
  • Broadway Street Closure (Permanent Closure) – This alternative creates a permanent festival street by closing Broadway Street to vehicles between 1st Avenue N and 2nd Avenue.

Below is a general outline of the anticipated scope of work. However, the final scope of work will be negotiated with the successful proposer.

Within the TransCad platform. This project will require the following Scope of Work and Documentation package to be completed within approximately six months of contract signing. The Study will include, but not be limited to the following:

SCOPE OF WORK

Part 1:

Through creative and opportunistic survey: identify public preference for each alternative. Suggested techniques include but are not limited to: Online survey (desktop and mobile), social media content, visual preference, tag-on events, pop-up meetings or events to engage the public, website opportunities, media, digital and print materials, in-person events. BE CREATIVE!

Part 2:

Based on the alternatives chosen, include a prioritization exercise for the public to rank each chosen preferred alternative in regards to timing and importance.

Each alternative demonstrates options for implementation; the deliverable for each option is to develop a preferred ranking. Visuals of each concept are available in the plan. The visuals can be made available to the successful consultant electronically. New visuals of the preferred options should be developed as applicable as part of the process and to include in the final plan document.

Potential bicycle facilities have been identified for the north/south roadways of 32nd Street, 30th Street, 25th Street, and 13th Street as well as the east/west corridors of Montana Avenue, 2nd Avenue N, 3rd Avenue N, and the east end of 6th Avenue N. These potential bicycle facilities would provide connectivity to existing bicycle infrastructure outside of the downtown study area. As part of this public outreach project, preferred bicycle facility options should be included. Options for bicycle facilities should be in accordance with the 2016 Billings Bikeways & Trails Master Plan.

North and South One-Way to Two-Way Conversion Options

  1. 33rd Street, 34th Street, and 35th Street
    1. No Build (no changes)
    2. Two-Way With Front-In Angled and Parallel Parking
    3. Two-Way With Parallel Parking
  2. 30th Street and 32nd Street
    1. No Build (no changes)
    2. Front-In Angled Parking
  3. 31st Street, 29th Street, and 26th Street
    1. No Build (no changes)
    2. Two-Way With Front-In Angled and Parallel Parking
    3. Two-Way With Back-In Angled and Parallel Parking
  4. 25th Street
    1. No Build (no changes)
    2. Front-In Angled Parking
  5. 25th Street @ MET Transfer Center
    1. No Build (no changes)
    2. No On-Street Parking

2nd Avenue N and 3rd Avenue N One-Way to Two-Way Street Conversion Options

  1. 2nd Avenue N and 3rd Avenue N
    1. No Build (no changes)
    2. Front-In Angle Parking
    3. Center Turn Lane

Montana Avenue Road Diet Options

  1. 30th Street to 35th Street
    1. No Build (no changes)
    2. Back In Angle Parking
  2. 27th Street to 30th Street
    1. No Build (no changes)
    2. Back-In Angle parking
  3. 18th Street to 27th Street
    1. No Build (no changes)
    2. Back-In Angle and Parallel Parking

6th Avenue Road Diet

  1. 13th Street to 10th Street
    1. No Build (no changes)
    2. Separated Multi-Use Path
  2. 10th Street to Main Street
    1. No Build (no changes)
    2. SeparatedMulti-Use Path

13th Street Road Diet

  1. 4th Avenue N to 6th Avenue N
    1. No Build (no changes)
    2. Center Turn Lane and Parking
  2. 1st Avenue N to 4th Avenue N
    1. No Build (no changes)

Broadway Avenue Street Closure – Between 1st Avenue N and 2nd Avenue N

Consultant will be required to inform and solicit comments from the community in accordance of the Yellowstone County Board of Planning Participation Plan.

The public participation plan can be found: https://ci.billings.mt.us/DocumentCenter/View/36538/21353_Billings-Public-Participation-Plan_FinalDraft


Request Type
RFP
Deadline
Friday, January 3, 2020

Contact Information

Website
https://www.ci.billings.mt.us/Bids.aspx
Contact Email
mattoxl@billingsmt.gov