Concerned about traffic in your neighborhood? Vancouver residents are invited to champion projects for possible selection by the City of Vancouver’s Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program in 2018.
Pre-applications are being accepted now through Friday, June 22. The pre-application form and more program details can be found on the City’s website:Traffic Calming Program.
The revitalized Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program is in its sixth year, with the City of Vancouver working in close partnership with the independent, citizen-led Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance (NTSA). The program offers various resources and project opportunities for residents seeking to slow local traffic while creating a more livable community. This year’s Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program will allocate approximately $270,000 for traffic calming projects.
Guidelines for proposals to the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program include:
— Neighborhoods may submit only one application per program year
— Preliminary project cost estimates cannot exceed $120,000 per project
— Infrastructure projects (speed cushions or raised crosswalks) will be limited to only residential and collector arterial streets
— Infrastructure and radar/school zone sign projects must meet speed, volume and petition criteria
In 2017, five neighborhood projects were awarded funding as part of the City of Vancouver’s Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program. These projects are slated for construction this summer:
— Northwest Lincoln Avenue, between Northwest 50th and 57th streets (Northwest Neighborhood): Speed radar feedback signs
— Northeast 97th Avenue, between Mill Plain Boulevard and Northeast 9th Street (borders Marrion Neighborhood): Speed radar feedback signs
— Nicholson Road, between Falk and Stapleton roads (Bagley Downs Neighborhood): Series of speed cushions on western portion of street
— West Fourth Plain Boulevard, between Franklin and Esther streets (Carter Park Neighborhood): Speed radar feedback signs
— Northeast 39th Street, between Northeast 122nd and 138th avenues (Image Neighborhood): Series of speed cushions in conjunction with a speed limit reduction to 25 mph
Each year, the program encourages neighborhood residents to get involved by proposing and shepherding projects through the competitive process, working closely with the NTSA and City staff as they proceed. Past projects have included signing and surface striping, speed cushions, pedestrian refuge islands, radar feedback signs, and street trees.
The anticipated $270,000 funding for the City’s 2017 Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program is being made available through a combination of resources, including Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) and Vancouver Street Funding Strategy revenues. Vancouver’s Street Funding Strategy, a long-term solution adopted in late 2015, is designed to improve and take care of the community’s street system.