Bike Lanes and Medians Planned for Section of West Broad
A small section of West Broad Street will be getting the “road diet” treatment. Five-foot bike lanes will be added in both directions, stretching from Front Street to the railroad bridge just west of Starling Street on the Scioto Peninsula.
West of the Scioto River, a planted median will also run down the middle of Broad and rows of trees will be planted along both sides of the street, features that the city hopes will slow down car traffic in front of COSI and the future site of the Ohio Veterans Memorial and Museum.
Construction, re-striping and planting are tentatively scheduled for this fall.
As for plans to extend bike lanes along Broad – either to the west, further into Franklinton or to the east, through downtown – the city has not has not made any commitments.
“Options for bike lanes or other enhancements beyond what have already been identified are being examined,” said Jeff Ortega of the Department of Public Service. “The city will engage the public to help determine the best options for enhancements moving forward.”
The city’s Bicentennial Bikeways Plan, which was created in 2008 and is currently being updated, called for bike lanes along the entire length of Broad Street.
Renderings via EMH&T / MKSK.