|russell comments 12-2014|
MIST comments sent to the consultant, to try and make the new Russell the
1- Please change the design speed to 35MPH from 40MPH. This would make
the corridor much safer for everyone- thus saving lives- and also would
save space and money.
2- Use 10' travel lanes as these help calm traffic, have been used all
over the country and all over Missoula with great results. This would
save money, space and lives.
3- Use cycle tracks instead of bike lanes, in order to keep a more compact
roadway that would help keep speeds lower and give the street a more human
scale/ pedestrian scale feeling. This would encourage more people on
bikes and the lower speeds from a tighter, more compact roadway would save
4- Utilize permeable paving wherever possible to improve water quality and
save money by needing less storm water infrastructure. Permeable paving
can be done with clay pavers (ADA compliant brick), psyllium (as used on
one mile of trail in nearby Silver Park), and many other emerging
5- We prefer a posted speed limit of 25MPH with a design speed of 30MPH,
in order to reduce crashes and save lives. If this is unfeasible or not
politically possible, then the design speed should be 35MPH at the
absolute highest (as stated in comment 1).
6- If cycle tracks cannot be used, then a minimum bicycle facility should
be a buffered bike lane, in order to encourage more people on bicycles
(which is city policy) and to increase safety of current bicycle riders.
7- Put in bus stops, as this will allow for more use of transit, thus
improving air quality.
Bob Giordano, Director
Missoula Institute for Sustainable Transportation