Street & Intersection Typologies
Streets are the lifeblood of our neighborhoods. Their designs affects our behaviors and decisions — how safe we feel, where we choose to or can live, how we get around, how easy it is to get to the doctor, whether our kids walk or bike to school, and our physical, environmental, and economic health.
In many cities, streets make up more than 80% of all public space.
Great streets are designed for all people. Shaping great streets is fundamental to shaping great livable cities.
The Street & Intersection Typologies Design Guide creates new, proposed definitions and designs for 17 distinct kinds (or typologies) of streets (and applies a typology to each street, found in the map above), nine intersection typologies, and guidance on how to accomplish it all.
READ THE DESIGN GUIDE
Download the entire Design Guide (25 MB) here. For individual chapters, click the links below.
VIEW THE 17 STREET TYPOLOGY DESIGNS
You can view all 17 typologies in Chapter 2 (above), or the individual street typologies and their related design materials pages in the links below.
Other Relevant Design Materials
- “Application to State Routes”, Written by the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT)
- Legends for Flex Zones and Other Right-of-way Uses
- Bike Lane Types and Bus Stop Configurations
What is it?
What is it?
The Guide will help the City create streets that are designed better for everyone.
The project creates new definitions and designs for 17 distinct kinds (or typologies) of streets in the city. These will supersede the traditional “arterial”, “collector”, and “local” street classifications. The project also assigns one of these new typologies to each of the nearly 8,400 public street segments in Salt Lake City.
The typologies consider land use context as well as citywide and neighborhood goals, allocate appropriate space for each of the five most important and competing functions of the public right-of-way (see below), and prioritize people. Without being prescriptive, the Typologies Design Guide is like zoning for streets, making sure we have the right streets in the right places.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are the typologies important, and why now?
“Streets comprise more than 80% of public spaces in cities, but they often fail to provide their surrounding communities with a space where people can safely walk, bicycle, drive, take transit, and socialize.” – National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Urban Street Design Guide, 2013.
The Typologies Design Guide is a unique opportunity to reimagine our streets and ensure that they work better for everyone – by design. New transportation funding at the local, county, and state level provide unique opportunities to apply the recommendations from the Typologies Design Guide and build the kinds of streets people in Salt Lake City want (for supporting survey results, see the documents at the end of this page).
For a more in-depth overview of the project, watch the project’s West View Media-moderated Facebook Live townhall from July 30th, 2020.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
Because this is a reference manual only, there is no cost, budget, or construction schedule associated with adopting the Typologies Design Guide. The Guide does not lay out a plan for when a street should be redone. It is not a required or prescriptive approach for every street. It is simply a book of ideas, or a reference manual.
Every street is different and needs different things. As with current and past street projects, project planners, engineers, and decisionmakers will collect additional input and data before a street is reconstructed and/or redesigned.
The answers to many questions received during the June-August 2020 public input period are included below.
To ask any questions, submit comments, or talk about the project more, please contact the project manager:
Project Manager: Tom Millar