Bike Lanes Planned for Broad Street in Franklinton
The City of Columbus is planning a redesign of a mile-and-a-half stretch of West Broad Street in Franklinton.
The new alignment will feature a center turn lane and bike lanes running in each direction. The two outside lanes – which are currently used for car travel in some places and on-street parking in others – will be eliminated.
The project will stretch from North Guilford Avenue – just shy of Franklinton’s western edge – to the Norfolk Southern railroad bridge, where the new bike lanes will connect to existing lanes put in place several years ago that extend past COSI and the National Veterans Memorial and Museum.
A public meeting to share information about the project is scheduled for tonight at the Dodge Recreation Center.
Michael Liggett, of the city’s Department of Public Service, said the meeting will be an open house format and that people can come any time between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to ask questions and give feedback on the proposal (feedback can also be submitted via email to the project manager, Darren Lee, at [email protected]).
Liggett said that they’ve heard “both positive and negative” responses from the community since announcing the meeting last week.
“There are a few areas where there’s some concern over the loss of parking,” he said, adding that a strategic parking plan is underway for the neighborhood that will take a broader look at the issue and that will also identify ways to help businesses that may be losing parking directly on Broad Street.
The proposed lanes will be striped, not protected, meaning that no physical barrier will separate cyclists from car traffic. The city’s first and only protected bike lane – on Summit Street in the University District – opened in 2015.
“Protected lanes were evaluated, but doing so would not accommodate the two east-bound & west-bound traffic lanes and the center turn lane,” said Liggett, who explained that the city has determined that a protected lane needs to be at least 10 feet wide, so it can be plowed and treated in winter using the city’s existing equipment.
Construction is currently scheduled to start on the project – which will also include a resurfacing of the street – in the summer of 2020, with work likely to continue until late spring of 2021.
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