a mapping tool for use in analyzing the impacts. The graphic is from this tool.)
At BikePortland Jonathan Maus writes about changes just as significant for Salem as for Portland:
several of our local streets — including ones that are crucial for bicycling — would suddenly be required to conform with design standards laid out by the Federal Highway Administration, instead of the more flexible local and state standards used today....You'll notice several downtown streets included in the reclassification, streets that are currently part of the downtown mobility study and are also ones involved in the Salem Downtown Partnership's proposal for greenscape improvements.
if engineers want to make any changes that deviate from FHWA design standards for "principal arterials", they would have to go through a cumbersome process of applying for exceptions....
Or, in the words of a source at ODOT, "this designation basically forces state and local governments to treat arterials like major highways... Speed will increase, certain designs, like bulb outs, won't be allowed without an exception. So on and so on."
|Arbuckle Costic and Salem Downtown Partnership|
(Hopefully the City will be able to comment on this tomorrow....stay tuned for more.)