Recommended Three Lane Section with Parallel Parking
Pedestrian Enhancements and Street Lighting Recommendations
Improvements Resulted in More Sustainable and Vibrant Business District
CBB, beginning in 1999, helped the City of Maplewood apply for STP Grant Funding to improve Manchester Avenue through the CBD. Initially, a crucial step was to identify what to build, according to the needs of the community. Parallel to the corridor traffic evaluation, CBB completed a parking study for on and off-street use along the corridor. This study included a survey of local business owners and other CBD stakeholders.
Initially, multi-lane improvements to the road were considered in combination with eliminating on-street parking. A stakeholder summary concluded that this was an inappropriate alternative. Ultimately, minimal road-widening was completed to accommodate a three-lane road with parallel parking lanes on both sides. This cross-section, along with replacing all the 4-way stop signs with interconnected traffic signals, improved safety and corridor operational efficiency while enhancing the economic viability of Main Street businesses.
The parking study brought forward the fact that the City’s public parking lot, removed from Main Street by one block, was underutilized due to its conditions. Recommendations from the parking study were included into the construction plans to reconstruct pavement and curbing, improve driveway access to the public streets, upgrade the lighting for safety and user comfort, enhance midblock pedestrian connections to Main Street, and add trailblazer signs, guiding motorists to the public parking lot.