Update on the NCHRP Pedestrian Facilities Design Guidelines

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NIRPC Complete Streets Guidelines

Mitch Barloga, AICP Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC)

NIRPC CS Guidelines

 Modeled after Central Ohio MPO’s Policy  Requires Complete Streets consistency for all NIRPC-attributable funds where applicable  Extends to both new construction and resurfacing projects  Would not apply to INDOT or NICTD projects

NIRPC CS Guidelines

 NOT a comprehensive design manual  Consistency will be reviewed case by case by subcommittees  Additional consistency question on applications  Numerous exemptions  No new ROW mandated to comply

CS Applications

  For 3R and 4R projects that either add or do not increase capacity Projects Include: – Resurfacing: Striping for lanes or added road width – Signalization: Ped-Countdowns – Added bridge deck shoulder width – Bridge deck replacement: Separated path – Markings: Crosswalks at intersections – Paved Shoulders in Rural areas (+ 1,000 ADT)

Project Exemptions

 Where non-motorized users are prohibited by law  Cost of implementing CS standards exceeds 10% of total project cost  Minor maintenance & repair only  Natural constraints (topography, etc)  Where factors indicate an “absence of need”

Implementing CS

Policy Action

Implementing CS

 CS Task Force meets four times  Propose additional questions for STP Application (checklist)  Propose Post-award design scope review ahead of INDOT review  Design “Toolkit” to be available online  Recommendations broadly accepted and cycle ongoing until March 16th

Post-Award Questions

 Cite sources for design (AASHTO)  Transit consultation (if necessary)  Speed Study (if necessary)  Parking Study (if necessary)  Telecommunication needs  Street Tree specifications (if necessary)  Safe Access during construction?

Cost Issues

    Prevents costly delays & retrofits ADA Compliance Requires minimal to zero additional funds For most projects; low cost = major benefit Save money through better design 3 lane road with bike lanes vs. 4 lane road, narrower lanes Investment in the community Improved safety, public health, property values