GOSHEN — Preliminary plans for the institution of a two-way cycle observe alongside Lincoln Avenue have been outlined Tuesday throughout a digital public data assembly hosted by the Goshen Engineering Division.
Main Tuesday’s assembly was metropolis engineer Josh Corwin, who famous that the town is pursuing the proposed Lincoln Avenue cycle observe venture as a part of its purpose of taking a multi-modal transportation planning strategy and implementing a “full streets” mannequin each time potential.
“Full streets tackle the transportation wants for folks that aren’t solely utilizing vehicles, but additionally utilizing bikes, and strolling, and mass transit, and it ensures that it meets the wants of people who have ADA necessities,” Corwin stated of the mannequin. “The precedence is that we assist equitable financial progress and inclusive financial growth. So, it doesn’t exclude anyone from the transportation community.
“It additionally creates a extra fascinating atmosphere and is extra conducive to place-making,” Corwin added of the mannequin. “So, what does that imply? It implies that it creates an environment that persons are extra prone to wish to spend time in.”
Digging deeper into the necessity for the venture, Corwin famous that establishing a two-way cycle observe alongside the Lincoln Avenue hall will present an essential connection to the town’s current bicycle community.
“So, that is going to offer major east-west entry via downtown, and it additionally offers a very essential connection between the Indiana Multi-Use Path that’s current alongside Indiana Avenue, the Millrace Path, after which the Maple Metropolis Greenway and the Pumpkinvine, which it connects as much as on the east finish. So, we really feel this can be a actually good alternative so as to add connectivity inside our community.”
As at the moment proposed, Corwin stated the venture when absolutely full will stretch from Indiana Avenue east alongside Lincoln Avenue, via downtown Goshen, earlier than ultimately concluding simply previous the U.S. 33 overpass, the place the cycle observe will hyperlink up with the Pumpkinvine Nature Path.
With the intention to make the plan occur, Corwin famous that Lincoln Avenue would have to be transformed to 3 lanes, with one lane going every path plus a two-way left flip lane operating between the opposite two lanes for the size of the hall. The hall at the moment fluctuates between 4 and 5 lanes, relying on location.
By changing to 3 lanes, room would then be freed up for building of a devoted two-way cycle observe which might run alongside the south facet of the hall adjoining to the roadway, Corwin defined.
With the intention to present higher separation between autos and cyclists, Corwin famous that the present plan is so as to add hatched pavement markings with delineator posts between the journey lanes and the cycle observe.
“After which inexperienced shading will probably be used to warn customers of any potential path overlaps between autos and bikes. So, that is at intersections or at massive industrial drives the place there’s a vital variety of vehicles turning, they usually’re going to show throughout the cycle observe,” Corwin added of the plan. “So, this space will probably be shaded inexperienced to spotlight to each the cyclists and the drivers that they have to be looking for that.”
Rounding out the plan will probably be set up of separate site visitors indicators for cyclists at every intersection.
“Town has met with members of the biking group to get their enter on this, they usually’re very a lot in favor of this for the explanations that I shared,” Corwin stated. “They’re seeing the advantage of the connections that this venture will present.”
Corwin famous that the town has additionally had a site visitors research accomplished which checked out what the prevailing site visitors patterns have been alongside the hall, after which what the proposed site visitors patterns will probably be primarily based off of what the town is proposing to do with the venture.
“And it exhibits that this venture, so far as site visitors demand is worried, ought to work,” he stated.
Whereas the venture remains to be very a lot in its preliminary levels, Corwin famous that the present plan is to sort out the venture in phases, with Part I of the venture beginning at Indiana Avenue and operating east to the Elkhart River Bridge.
“So, proper now the intent is to simply construct the west one-third of the venture this 12 months, after which we are going to construct the remainder of it in subsequent phases. These won’t be constructed this 12 months,” Corwin stated of the plan. “We’re anticipating the venture bidding to be in late Might, and after that happens — each time the venture bidding happens — we intend on having an extra data assembly in order that we will present extra particulars about building of the venture. After which we’re anticipating building to be full by early October. Once more, that is all preliminary at this level, so nothing is about in stone.”
Anybody with questions, options or issues associated to the proposed Lincoln Avenue cycle observe venture is inspired to contact Corwin both through e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling the Goshen Engineering Workplace at 574-534-2201.
“We’re actually in search of folks to share any concepts or alternatives they really feel could make this venture higher,” Corwin stated. “We simply wish to actually open it up and see if there are any concepts on the market or any issues that we have to tackle.”