Multi-Modal Transportation Board
The goal of the Multi-Modal Transportation Board shall be to assist in maintaining the safe and efficient movement of motorized and non-motorized vehicles and pedestrians on the streets and walkways of the City and to advise the City Commission on the implementation of the Multi-Modal Transportation Plan, including reviewing project phasing and budgeting. Board members shall be electors or property owners in the City.
If you have any questions or comments regarding the Multi-Modal Transportation Board, please contact Mark Clemence, Deputy Chief of Police at 248.530.1875 or Jana Ecker, City Planner at 248.530.1841.
|Board Member||Term Expires|
|Vionna Adams||Member-at-large from different geographical areas of the City||03/24/2018|
|Lara Edwards||Member-at-large from different geographical areas of the City||03/24/2020|
|Katie Schafer||Pedestrian Advocate||03/24/2021|
|Michael Surnow||Bicycle Advocate Member||03/24/2019|
|Amy Folberg||Member-at-large from different geographical areas of the City||03/24/2020|
|Daniel Rontal||Mobility or Vision Impairment Experience/Expertise||03/24/2020|
|Johanna Slanga||Traffic-focused Education and/or Experience||03/24/2019|
|Daniel Isaksen||Alternate Member||10/27/2019|
MULTI-MODAL TRANSPORTATION BOARD
PROPOSAL: 2018 LOCAL STREETS PAVING PROGRAM
PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018, at 6 PM., Room 205, City Hall, at 151 Martin St. After 5 PM, please enter through the Police Dept. door located on Pierce St.
As part of its ongoing effort to maintain streets, the City will be removing and replacing the 1940’s era pavements on three of its local streets. The work is planned to occur from approximately July to November, 2018. The work will include upgrades to the water and sewer systems where necessary. In accordance with current policy, homeowners that need their sewer or water service lateral replaced in the right-of-way will have those pipelines replaced. The cost of this work will be special assessment charged to the benefitting property owner. If this issue applies to you, you will receive notice by US Mail at a later date. No special assessments will be charged relative to the cost of the paving, or the main line water and sewer improvements.
The following information is being provided to you relative to certain pavement design changes that are being considered. Your opinion is valued, and you are encouraged to provide input as described below after the detailed descriptions:
Bennaville Ave. – Edgewood Ave. to Grant St.
When Bennaville Ave. was paved previously, the road was constructed at 32 ft. wide, measured from curb face to curb face. Other streets in the area are typically narrower. The City’s current standard road width for local streets is 26 ft., again measured from the faces of the curb. A 26 ft. wide road allows parking to remain legal on both sides of the street, and still allows one vehicle at a time to pass through the street. This is described as a yield condition where one vehicle has to yield to oncoming traffic if there are cars parked on both sides of the street. The width of the new road would match that currently built on Chapin Ave., just east of Grant St. The new pavement will be concrete, however, similar to that installed on Catalpa Dr. in 2016.
By reducing the width of the street, the following benefits are obtained:
- Additional green space for pedestrians and homeowners (the current distance of 10.5 ft. from the sidewalk to the back of the curb would expand to 13.5 ft.).
- Narrower streets tend to help keep traffic speeds down.
- Reduced crosswalk lengths will reduce the amount of time pedestrians are in the street.
An aerial view that demonstrates the proposed change is shown below.
Ruffner Ave. – Grant St. to Woodward Ave.
A. Grant St. to Woodward Ave. Alley (Residential Section ) –
The current road width is 28 ft., measured from curb face to curb face. Currently, several mature trees are growing very close or even on top of the old curb. Removing and replacing the road at its current width would be impossible without removal of these trees, as noted above. Our current road width standard is 26 ft., also measured from the faces of the curb. Just moving the curb one foot on each side would provide the extra distance needed to reconstruct the road without removal of the trees (in most cases). If designed at 26 ft., it would be our intent to work around all existing trees. There are two exceptions to this:
- Every tree will be reviewed by the City’s forestry consultant. If they feel that the tree is already in decline, and excavating near the tree will cause its likely demise, the City may elect to remove before construction begins (a new tree would be installed after construction).
- After removal of the road, as well as excavations for new pipelines, if it appears that the root structure of the tree has been compromised to the point that the tree is a safety hazard, the tree will be removed prior to completion of the project.
In both cases above, the City will replace the tree after the construction project, with the next City tree planting program. Both of these examples are relatively rare. It is our plan to work to save all trees if at all possible.
The Multi-Modal Transportation Board is also proposing to install curb projections (or bumpouts) that would narrow the road an additional three feet on each side just west of the intersection with the alley, where the residential section begins. The bumpouts would help encourage slower speeds, and provide a visual transition between the residential and commercial sections of this street. On-street parking would remain as is. Additional green space would be gained, as shown below:
B. Woodward Ave. Alley to Woodward Ave. (Commercial Section)
The short section adjacent to the commercial area along Woodward Ave. was originally paved at 32 ft. wide, to better accommodate truck turns, as well as higher demand for parking. The Board reviewed various options on this section, but decided to recommend that it be reconstructed to match its current section. No proposed changes are currently being considered.
Chapin Ave. – Grant St. to Woodward Ave.
A. Grant St. to Woodward Ave. Alley
Currently, the block between Grant St. and Cummings St. is 26 ft. wide, measured from face to face of curb. Since this width matches the City’s current standard, no changes are being considered. The block between Cummings St. and the intersection with the alley is currently paved two feet wider, at 28 ft. wide. Similar to the discussion above under the Ruffner Ave. section, attempting to reconstruct the road at this width would result in the removal of mature trees that are growing very close or on top of the curb. (Please refer to the Ruffner Ave. section for more information about the issues that come up with respect to working around trees.) For the same reasons presented on Ruffner Ave., it is recommended that this block be reconstructed at two feet narrower than it is currently, which would move the curbs one foot closer to the center of the road, and preserve most of the existing trees.
Also similar to Ruffner Ave., the Board is recommending the installation of curb projections (or bumpouts) that would narrow the road an additional three feet on each side just west of the intersection with the alley where the residential section begins. The bumpouts would help encourage slower speeds, and provide a visual transition between the residential and commercial sections of this street. On-street parking would remain as is. Additional green space would be gained, as shown below:
The Multi-Modal Board wishes to receive input from area residents prior to making a final recommendation to the City Commission. If you would like your position known, but cannot attend the meeting, please forward written comment to the Engineering Dept. at firstname.lastname@example.org preferably no later than Wednesday December 27, 2017, for the Board’s review. If you have questions, you may contact Paul O’Meara at the email address above, or at 248-530-1850.
Past Public Hearing InformationPROPOSAL: W. MAPLE RD. CORRIDOR PEDESTRIAN CROSSING IMPROVEMENTS – CHESTERFIELD AVE. TO SOUTHFIELD RD.
PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2017, at 6 p.m., Room 205, City Hall, at 151 Martin St. After 5 p.m, please enter through the Police Dept. door located on Pierce St.
Location #1 – On W. Maple between Hawthorne Rd. and Baldwin Ave.
See Conceptual drawing of Location # 1 - Hawthorne Rd. and Baldwin Ave.
The City maintains a trail system following the Rouge River corridor. There is now an opportunity to install an improved, marked pedestrian crossing island at this location to allow pedestrians wishing to use the trail a safer option when crossing Maple Rd. This improvement was recommended in the City’s Multi-Modal Transportation Master Plan. of the island at Hawthorne is provided. The island would be constructed in the left turn lane, in an area where the lane is not being used. Landscaping would be installed in the area to the east of the crosswalk, as shown. Signs would be installed for each traffic direction, equipped with a pedestrian activated Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon, drawing attention to the crosswalk when pedestrians are present.
Location #2 – On W. Maple at Lakepark Drive
See Conceptual drawing of Location #2 – At Lakepark Dr.
Also in accordance with the Master Plan, an island is proposed at the existing crosswalk on the east side of the Lakepark Dr. intersection. The island would help reduce the speeds of motorists, and encourage pedestrians to cross Maple Rd. at the signalized intersection. Similar to the other islands, a landscape feature would be included in the construction. A picture of this proposal at is included.
Location # 3 - On Maple from Suffield to Pilgrim Avenue
See Conceptual drawing of Location #3 – Suffield Ave. to Pilgrim Ave.
The Master Plan also recommended the construction of a pedestrian island on the block between Suffield Ave. and Pilgrim Ave. The island would provide another means for a safer crossing for pedestrians wishing to cross Maple Rd. in this area. Similar to the first location, Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons would be installed to help call attention to the area when pedestrians are crossing. While this location was recommended in the plan, the Multi-Modal Transportation Board is not certain that the demand for crossings here would be as great as at the other two locations. Input from residents in the area would be helpful as this proposal is being considered.
The Multi-Modal Board wishes to receive input from area residents prior to making a final recommendation. If you would like your position known, but cannot attend the meeting, please forward written comment to the Engineering Dept. at email@example.com preferably no later than Thursday, November 30, 2017, for the Board’s review. If you have questions, you may contact Paul O’Meara at the email address above, or at 248-530-1836.
PROPOSAL: S. ETON RD. CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENTS – LINCOLN AVE. TO 14 MILE RD.
Over the past year, the Board has been studying potential improvements to the entire S. Eton Rd. corridor from Maple Rd. to 14 Mile Rd. Previous discussions at the Board level have resulted in a recommendation to the City Commission that includes:
- A pedestrian island at Maple Rd.
- Narrowing of S. Eton Rd. from Maple Rd. to Yosemite Blvd. to allow an improvement to the sidewalk on the west side of the street.
- Narrowing of S. Eton Rd. from Yosemite Blvd. to Villa Ave. to allow for wider sidewalks, as well as a green parkway with new street trees between the sidewalk and the road (on-street parking would be eliminated).
- Removal of parking on the southbound side of the street, from Villa Ave. to Lincoln Ave., and using this paved area to install a two-way bike path separated from vehicle traffic by the use of a raised buffer.
The Board has passed a motion recommending changes to S. Eton Rd. from Maple to 14 Mile Rd.
The cross-section shown represents what the street would look like facing north. Features include:
1. The installation of an 8-footwide concrete bicycle path, constructed on the right of way between the existing Citystreet trees and the west edge of the road. The plan would feature a dashed yellow line down the middle to encourage two-way traffic. A 2-foot wide green space would remain between the new path and the existing street. The Board discussed landscaping alternatives to grass, however, no decision was made. Each driveway approach would need to be reconstructed from the existing City sidewalk to th west curb i order to accommodate the new bike path. (The City sidewalk would remain as is.)
2.The existing street would generally be left as is, except that a white line would be painted at 8 feet off the west curb, encouraging parking for southbound traffic. The existing street will get the white line noted, but also a double yellow line will be added to help clarify two through travel lanes moved to the east side of the street. The current restriction banning overnight parking from 2 a.m. to 6a.m. would be removed to encourage use of this area by adjacent residents.
3. Curb extensions (bumpouts) would be installed at each intersection on the west side of the street in the area of the parking lane, to reduce the width of the street in these areas, thereby improving pedestrian safety at each crosswalk.
If you have any questions, you may contact Paul O'Meara at the email address above, or at 248-530-1836.
Multi-Modal Transportation Plan
The City's Multi-Modal Transportation Plan will be used to improve and expand opportunities for pedestrians, bicycles and transit users to respond to the growing demand for alternative forms of travel and to promote safe and comfortable transportation options. Find out more at http://greenwaycollab.com/Projects/Birmingham/BMMTP.html. Download the plan here, in addition to the Network Map and Downtown Map.
Commissioners Approve W. Maple Trial Period
On Monday, June 1, the Birmingham City Commission approved recommendations from the Multi-Modal Transportation Board to create a modified cross-section for W. Maple Rd. from east of Cranbrook Rd. to Southfield that includes a three lane configuration with two through lanes and one continuous left turn lane. The changes will be made for an undetermined trial period beginning in August or September.
Watch the May 7, 2015 Multi-Modal Transportation Board Meeting
Multi-Modal Transportation Board Meeting Summaries