The new Arthur 5th 6th project opened in early September 2011. Overall the project seems much better than what was originally proposed.
The current confiuration has been deemed an interim safety project by the City, State and University of Montana.
The current project on the ground added a turn lane for motor vehicles, curb extensions for shorter and safer pedestrian crossings, and new bike lanes, sharrows and trail connections for bicycle safety and accommodation.
More about the project that was eventually built can be found at: http://wgmgroup.com/2010/12/5th6thmauriceaurthur-informati.html
2004 to 2009: The State and City proposed to redevelop the intersections of 5th 6th and Arthur near the University of Montana, by expanding the roadways to five lanes, requiring the removal of several homes. After the neighborhoods strongly opposed the plan, everyone worked together in a community process to acheive smaller scale improvements.
|Original Plan Opposed by Citizens
||MIST and Citizen Plan In Response
|Adds two traffic signals; widens section of Arthur Avenue to five lanes; demolishes six houses; eliminates green space; likely degrades safety of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians
* High-speed, 5-lane roads often lead to severe crashes
* Approaching drivers speed to make traffic signal (and run red light)
* 102-ft crossing distance too long for pedestrians
* Traffic signals = stop-and-go traffic
* 65% more vehicle idling time at traffic signals*
* Traffic signals cost $10,000/year more to maintain*
* Research shows traffic signals lead to 10 times more fatalities and 4 times more crashes than roundabouts*
* Takes away ¼ of Rankin Park
|Adds roundabouts; shortens crosswalks; preserves neighborhood; increases green space; saves money; promotes cooperation among all users; meets Long Range Plan’s overriding theme of prioritizing non-motorized transportation (PDF).
* 2-lane roads with roundabouts are very safe and accessible
* Roundabout keeps driver attention at street level
* 11-foot crosswalks = safe passage for pedestrians
* Roundabouts = calm traffic with smooth flow
* Lower vehicle emissions from eliminated idling
* Roundabouts = no electricity, low maintenance costs
* Moderate speeds at roundabouts result in fewer crashes with drastically reduced severity
* Enhances and expands Rankin Park
Back to Get Involved
Groups believe they can come up with better Arthur Avenue plan
a Missoulian article by Betsy Cohen
Montana Department of Transportation (MDT)
Information on the Arthur Project from the State