Upcoming water main work along Portage Street, from the south side of Stockbridge Ave. to the north side of Walnut St., will allow the City of Kalamazoo to update its water service and replace lead service lines. This project creates an opportunity to update the road and reimagine its design.
During Imagine Kalamazoo community meetings, a need for pedestrian infrastructure along Portage Street was identified as well as the desire to calm traffic. Dating back to 2005, Portage Street has been considered for such improvements. These discussions include the continuation of the bicycle route that currently is located on Portage Street north of Washington Square. This street design work along Portage Street will take place between Downtown and Cork Street and will continue the one travel lane in each direction with the addition of a continuous center turn lane and bike lanes. Through this work, the lane shifts that occur at Walnut and north of Reed Streets will no longer be necessary. Construction work will also include sidewalk repair. Traffic signal timing will be improved along Portage Street with the use of new smart signals that will better manage vehicular traffic flow.
The goal of this street redesign is to improve vehicular and pedestrian safety while offering a balance of travel options, specifically:
This project is in alignment with the 2025 Master Plan, 2014 Mobility and Placemaking Project (joint project between the City and the Michigan Municipal League), and several Edison Neighborhood planning efforts. Project design for Portage Street is estimated to begin in 2018/2019 and project construction is estimated for 2020. The City will reach out to Edison and Milwood Neighborhoods before construction to give additional updates and information, such as estimated start and end dates, detours, and impact on such services as garbage and recycling pick up.
James Baker, Director of Public Services
Michigan Department of Transportation, Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study
Public Services Engineering Staff, Community Planning & Economic Development: Planning Division Staff
For design and construction
CONSISTENT WITH PLANS:
2025 Master Plan, Strategic Vision, 2045 Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study Metropolitan Plan, 2014 MML work
Achieving complete streets, expanding bicycle network, improving pedestrian and vehicular safety
STRATEGIC VISION GOALS:
Connected City, Great Neighborhoods, Inviting Public Places, and Safe Community
Each Complete Streets Project will have measurable evaluation attached. Additional bicycle route added, improved sidewalk around priority areas per 2025 Master Plan
TBD through design phase
Partial federal funding & streets Capital Improvement Plan
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