A traffic operations analysis and streetscape plan was completed as part of the Cedar-Riverside Small Area Plan. SRF determined how existing and future traffic projections would operate along the corridor, which was a four-lane facility with adjacent on-street parking. The goal was to reduce the roadway capacity in line with traffic and develop a more pedestrian friendly two-lane facility with turn lanes at the intersection nodes as needed. The streetscape plan identified opportunities to improve aesthetics along the corridor while maintaining the functionality of the facility for all roadway users. The following components were included in the study:
- Collecting existing a.m. and p.m. peak hour turning movement counts at 12 key intersections and pedestrian/bicycle counts.
- Conducting a.m. and p.m. peak hour intersection operations analysis for existing and year 2020 no build/build conditions at each key intersection.
- Developing year 2020 traffic forecasts based on adjacent parcels expected to develop/redevelop by year 2020 and an annual growth rate applied to the existing background traffic.
- Documenting future year 2020 traffic operations based on the existing roadway network.
- Discussing a proposed three-lane facility along Riverside Avenue.
- Documenting year 2020 traffic operations based on a three-lane facility with traffic mitigation measures to improve operations at key intersections and the corridor as a whole.
- Developing a long-term streetscape plan identifying potential locations and recommendations to improve aesthetics.
- Determining of potential roadway design impacts based on a complete streets design theory.