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Jul 02

Complete Streets Commission to review Belle Haven traffic calming plan

Posted on July 2, 2018 at 3:02 pm by Peter Ibrahim

Residents are invited to join the Complete Streets Commission meeting, Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center Ballroom to review the Draft Belle Haven Traffic Calming Plan and implementation process. The Plan will recommend traffic calming measures in an effort to alleviate the cut-through traffic in the Belle Haven neighborhood, including Chilco Street, Ivy Drive, Newbridge Street and Terminal Avenue. Proposed physical measures include intersection and midblock curb extensions, raised intersections, speed feedback signs, limited right turn restrictions, gateway treatments, etc. 

Due to increased congestion on Bayfront Expressway and Willow Road, the Belle Haven neighborhood is experiencing increased cut-through traffic. As part of its Campus Expansion project approvals, Facebook is required to fund a neighborhood traffic calming plan for the Belle Haven neighborhood to reduce cut-through traffic.

On October 17, 2017, the City Council approved a draft scope of work for the study. The study commenced immediately following approval of the scope and traffic data was collected in November 2017 and supplemented in early 2018. 

Since the initiation of the study, traffic impacts to the Bayfront area and Belle Haven have been exacerbated due to the number and severity of ongoing construction projects on Chrysler Drive, Independence Drive, Chilco Street and Constitution Drive proceeding simultaneously. Cut-through traffic has continued to worsen within the neighborhood as a result.

On June 19, 2018, in response to a request submitted by Belle Haven residents, the City Council adopted a resolution authorizing the implementation of “no through traffic” signs at four critical entry points to the neighborhood to discourage cut-through traffic. The Draft Belle Haven Traffic Calming Plan will recommend additional traffic calming measures and streetscape modifications to be considered.

Your feedback will help shape the future changes implemented in the neighborhood. For more information, please visit the Belle Haven Traffic Calming project webpage.