Agenda Item # 1

Columbus Consolidated Government

Council Meeting

02/24/2015

Agenda Report # 82


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Three Lane Striping of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard

INITIATED BY: Planning Department


Recommendation: Approval is requested to implement the striping of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to a three lane roadway from Buena Vista Road to 10th Avenue.

Background: Martin Luther King, Jr Boulevard runs between Buena Vista Road and 10th Avenue, consisting of two sections. Currently the section between Buena Vista Road and Brown Avenue is four lanes, with a center turn lane, while the section between Brown Avenue and 10th Avenue is four lanes only. The average daily traffic for the entire length of this road totals no more than 7,700, far below the projected carrying capacity of 22,200 for a roadway of this type. As part of the proposal by the Planning Department to enhance this thoroughfare, it was recommended that the entire boulevard be reduced to three lanes. This reduction would still accommodate the traffic needs of the area, while adding lanes for bicycles, walking/running areas, and landscaping amenities. Before committing fully to this proposal, staff has proposed that a trial period utilizing the three lane concept be initiated to determine what, if any, impact, this may have on this road. This can be accomplished during the resurfacing of this street, which is scheduled for this year. At that time, the entire roadway would be striped to a three lane, with bike lanes in each direction.

Analysis: The re-striping to three lanes will provide the opportunity to determine how well this roadway will function under these conditions, prior to any other proposed anesthetic improvements being made to this corridor. After the striping, a review period will be undertaken, with a report back to Council, to determine the overall effect of these improvements. This review will be particularly important as the new Brown Avenue bridge comes on line and improvements are made to the Spiderweb area in the near future.

Financial Considerations: Funding for the resurfacing has already been authorized in the amount of $800,000.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: General maintenance may be required for striping over time.

Legal Considerations: There are no legal considerations.

Recommendations/ Actions: Approve the resolution authorizing the City Manager to implement the striping of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to a three lane roadway from Buena Vista Road to 10th Avenue.



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A RESOLUTION

NO. _____


A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE STRIPING OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. BOULEVARD, TO THREE LANES, FROM BUENA VISTA ROAD TO 10TH AVENUE

WHEREAS, funding for the resurfacing of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard has been previously approved by the City Council, with the work to begin this year; and,

WHEREAS, during this project, the City desires to convert Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard by striping it into a three lane roadway, with bicycle lanes in each direction.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

That the City Manager is hereby authorized to stripe the Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard into a three lane roadway, with bicycle lanes, from Buena Vista Road to 10th Avenue, as part of the resurfacing project for this road.


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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________ 2015, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of
_____________ members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Buck voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Henderson voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.

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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor