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News Release
City to begin preliminary planning work on four new complete streets projects to enhance safety and equitable access - 07/16/21

Vancouver, Washington—Vancouver City Council will get its first update on four complete streets projects scheduled to begin preliminary planning work in 2021-22 at an online workshop at 4 p.m. Monday, July 19.

The city’s Complete Streets Program focuses on creating safe, accessible streets designed for equitable use by all people regardless of how they choose to travel.

The new project locations are:

  • East Fourth Plain Boulevard between F Street and Andresen Road
  • Northeast 112th Avenue between Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard and the city limits at Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard
  • Southeast 34th Street between Southeast 164th Avenue and the city limits at Southeast 192nd Avenue
  • Ft. Vancouver Way between East Mill Plain and East Fourth Plain boulevards

“The Complete Streets Program provides a planning and design framework for the city to enhance safety and equitable access for all users of our public rights of way,” said Chad Eiken, the city’s director of community and economic development. “As our city grows and demand on our existing streets increases, we have an obligation to find the best solutions to move folks around safely and easily regardless of the form of transportation they are using.”

Funding to complete traffic analyses, community outreach work and design concepts for the projects was included in the city’s 2021-22 budget and this work will begin soon. The city will then use the results of this work to determine if any improvements will be included with paving projects already planned for these streets in 2022-23.

During the July 19 workshop, city staff will give city council an overview of each project, including scope, goals, context, design considerations, development process and community engagement plans, and will seek direction and/or confirmation from councilmembers on the planned approaches.

The workshop is closed to in-person attendance in adherence with the Governor’s proclamation 20-28.15 related to the Open Public Meetings Act, but it can be viewed live on Clark/Vancouver Television Comcast channel 23/323, online at www.cvtv.org, or on the city’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/VancouverUS).

Recent examples of complete streets projects include:

  • Adding speed cushions and buffered bicycle lanes to East McLoughlin Boulevard between East Reserve Street and Grand Boulevard (complete)
  • Adding enhanced pedestrian crossings and bicycle sharrows to East McLoughlin Boulevard between Grand Boulevard and Brandt Road (complete)
  • Adding protected bicycle lanes and sharrows, enhanced pedestrian crossings, bicycle detection technology, and removing the center turn lane on Southeast Tech Center Drive around the Mill Plain Boulevard intersection (complete)
  • Adding buffered and protected bicycle lanes, crosswalk improvements, streetlight upgrades, bicycle and pedestrian pavement markings and left turn bicycle boxes, speed tables and ADA-compliant curb ramps on Columbia Street between Columbia Way and West 45th Street (currently under construction)

Visit www.cityofvancouver.us/completestreets to learn more about the city’s Complete Streets Program and to sign up to receive email updates and invitations to public input opportunities for the 2021-22 projects.

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