Knoxville Regional Complete Streets Study

Location
Knoxville, TN, United States of America
Client
Knoxville/Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission
Market/Expertise
Services

Due to an increase in the number of residents and amount of traffic congestion in Knoxville, Tennessee's urban areas, the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO) identified a need to transform certain corridors to accommodate alternative modes of transportation. Specific issues identified by the organization included the need for extra right-of-way on either side of one street, a two-way turning lane down the middle of both streets, and a limited budget and schedule to complete the project. The organization contracted GS&P to explore the complete streets concept, a nationally recognized approach to corridor design termed because of its ability to serve pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities.

GS&P staff first met with local commuters to discuss their impressions and immediate needs for the area, then combined the input with findings from a week-long study of the corridor. In addition to RTPO's requests, we recommended bike lanes for the streets' extra right-of-way to improve cyclists' safety without impeding automobile traffic. We also recommended raised medians in the middle of the streets that could be used by pedestrians crossing mid-block.

Subsequently, our staff developed a set of Complete Streets Design Guidelines for future complete streets transformations throughout the region. The Guidelines take advantage of flexibility within the AASHTO Green Book and other accepted design standards to suggest techniques and general guidance for accommodating all transportation modes.

The study resulted in an elegant, innovative design  that is simple, rejuvenating and accessible to bicyclists, pedestrians, transit riders and motor vehicle operators.

"The Complete Streets summary report developed by GS&P will be critical to the implementation and effectiveness of such improvements and will focus on the safe and efficient use of our roadways by all users, not simply automobiles."

Ellen Zavisca

Knoxville TPO

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