IRON AVENUE PROJECT PUBLIC MEETING
The City of Salina plans to replace or rehabilitate Iron Avenue from Front Street to Delaware Avenue during the 2014 or 2015 construction seasons. A meeting regarding the proposed improvements will be held in Room 107 of the City-County building located at 300 W. Ash Street on Thursday, March 6, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Project representatives will be present to answer questions and hear comments.
Much of the pavement within the limits of the project has reached the end of its useful life and needs to be replaced. At a City Commission Study Session on February 25, 2014, staff was directed to meet with property owners to receive input regarding a raised median and other “complete street” design considerations in the City’s adopted Comprehensive Plan and further described below:
• Restricting commercial and residential access by adding a raised median with breaks at street intersections;
• Replacing the three existing traffic lanes with two traffic lanes and two bicycle lanes;
• Replacing the north side sidewalk with an eight to ten foot wide bicycle/pedestrian path;
• Replacing the existing traffic signal at the Oakdale intersection and pedestrian signal south of Oakdale Elementary with something similar to the black powder-coated traffic signals in Salina’s Downtown;
• Replacing the existing wood-pole street lighting with underground wiring and steel light poles or poles similar to the new lighting in Salina’s Downtown; and
• Replacing the existing street marking denoted crosswalks with crosswalks denoted by stamped and/or colored concrete.
The City of Salina’s Comprehensive Plan “charts a course for the future” of Salina and indicates the following:
• “The future policy of the City of Salina will be to design street networks that accommodate all transportation modes. Complete Streets should at a minimum strive to incorporate the following elements on arterial and collector streets:
o automobile lanes;
o sidewalks / pedestrian ways and pedestrian amenities (on both sides of the street), buffered from vehicle lanes by landscape strips or parked cars on streets that permit parking;
o adjoining recreational multi-use trail to accommodate bicycles, or when not feasible, dedicated bike lanes or striped shared lanes; and
o transit (bus) stops.”
• Iron Avenue is an “Impact Street,” which is a street that is “defined by a higher standard of aesthetic design.” This “is achieved primarily through streetscaping (street trees, plantings, artistic lighting, etc.), pedestrian amenities (benches, trash receptacles), enhanced crosswalk facilities, and other improvements, such as public art.”