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City Set to Unveil Transportation Recommendations

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After a year and a half of public meetings, provocative ideas, and at least one significant delay, the City of Columbus is set to unveil the final recommendations of their Connect Columbus initiative.

The draft proposals — which will cover the full range of transportation policies, including new standards for street width, ideas for bike lanes, and a list of preferred “premium transit corridors” — will be presented at three meetings held tonight and tomorrow.

Those attending the meeting will have the opportunity to comment on the recommendations. Opportunities for feedback will also be available through the city’s Connect Columbus website and social media channels. This represents the last chance for public input before the plan is finalized.

Patti Austin, Planning and Operations Administrator for the Department of Public Service, summarized the main objective of the initiative when it first began in March of 2015:

“Over the next 20 to 40 years, we’re going to be investing billions of dollars into the street system – do we want to do it haphazardly, or in a way that looks at everything comprehensively? We think it’s worth taking the time to get a great list of priority projects and to get a street infrastructure plan in place for the future.”

Planning firm Nelson Nygaard has served as the lead consultant for Connect Columbus.

meetingsHere are the details on the three public meetings:

Wednesday, Nov. 16
5 – 8 p.m.
Whetstone Park Shelter House
3901 N. High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
77 North Front St.
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016
5 – 8 p.m.
Westgate Shelter House
Columbus, Ohio 43204


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