Eastman Avenue Traffic Study - the Design Series
The Eastman Avenue Design Series was a
series of three meetings open to citizens and held in late October
2006. During the Series, 69 participants took an in-depth look at
nine different improvement options for Eastman Avenue from Wackerly
Street north to Commerce Drive, with the goal of agreeing on one option
to recommend to City Council for action. (Find out more about the nine
improvement options by clicking here:
DLZ Narrative Report on
Nine Improvement Options.)
Using detailed information received
before and during the Design Series, the participants came
up with a recommendation on what they believed to be
the best improvement proposal.
Series participants recommended that congestion on Eastman from Wackerly to Commerce Drive could be relieved by a phase-in of the Boulevard with Indirect Left Turns design, combined with
the possible inclusion of a Smart Traffic Signalization system and access management measures.
In essence, the plan would include widening the intersections of
Eastman and Airport roads, and Eastman and Wackerly roads. This
would be a 10-year fix to the traffic problem. After that time, if
traffic is still an issue in that corridor, the City could
consider additional options to help lessen the traffic burden in that area.
The recommendation represents a lower cost, short-term solution that will
provide acceptable traffic flow on Eastman Avenue for approximately
To read the full report presented to Council its December
2006 meeting, click on the "Design Series Results and Subsequent
Steps" link at left. The December 4, 2006 Council meeting can also be viewed via
on-demand video on the City's website.
Just look for the December 4, 2006 Council meeting link.
Included in the full report is input on the recommendation from City staff and traffic engineering
consultants DLZ, plus a proposed process and estimated schedule that will ultimately lead to
the construction of the phased-in Boulevard with Indirect Left Turns option.
It is estimated that the phased-in solution could be completed by the 2010 construction season.