There appears to be consensus on restriping existing bridge decks to add an additional auto travel lane at the cost of sidewalk on Marion and sidepath on Center bridges. The sidewalk on the Marion Street Bridge is so narrow, even though some people do use it, it's hard to see many really feeling much of a loss. The sidepath on the Center Street Bridge is a different matter, and though the Union Street RR Bridge has better air and better views, the Center Street Bridge is a more direct connection to Wallace and Edgewater, and speedy cyclists often prefer that. But if the crossing of Wallace along the Second Street alignment is a part of the package and trade-off for closing the sidepath, the loss of the Center Street sidepath is defensible.
|Eliminate sidepath for new auto travel lane|
|Eliminate sidewalk for new auto travel lane|
|Widen Front and Commercial near Division|
|Widen Front at Trade|
|There's supposed to be a little plaza on the corner|
at the Nursing Home and kitty-corner from the Sculpture Garden
ODOT judged that a reversible lane on the Marion St. Bridge was impossible, and that "solution package" was deleted. The presentation does not offer much detail on the analysis. It would be interesting to learn more about why this scored so poorly.
Marine Drive also scored very poorly, and the surviving recommendations all involve widening Wallace Road instead.
|Winner: Marion St Bridge Package #4, with Wallace|
|Winner: Center St Bridge Package #1 (bottleneck details above)|
|One third of a bridge! (Project team circled the preferred pair)|
|This is the most useful part!|
(For previous notes on the Congestion Task Force see here.)