Project Update: Salt Lake City Transportation is happy to announce the comment summary on the intersection draft design for 600 North and 1300 West is ready for viewing below.
Rose Park & Fairpark
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Continued Improvements on 1300 West (We have a draft design!)
Thank you to everyone who engaged with us on the Rose Park and Fairpark neighborhood byway in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Salt Lake City Transportation is moving forward with the second stage of the neighborhood byway, including crossing improvements at 600 North and 1300 West. During the months of April and May we launched a short survey asking individuals in the area to share their experience using the 600 North and 1300 West intersection and held a neighborhood tour. Based on the input we received and project goals we have a draft design.
- Accommodate people who walk or bicycle, linking them to critical destinations, including neighborhood retail areas and corridors, parks, schools, and transit stations.
- Improve safety for all roadway users.
- Implement the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan.
What We Heard on the Draft Design!
Read below to hear what the community had to say about the proposed changes to 600 North and 1300 West intersection and the letter of support from the Bicycle Advisory Community.
600 North & 1300 West Intersection Draft Design and Details
Example of Toucan design, 600 East and 2100 South
Example of Toucan design, 600 East and 2100 South
What’s being proposed?
The proposed 1300 West neighborhood byway crossing at 600 North is referred to as a Toucan, meaning “two can” cross simultaneously — someone walking and someone bicycling. Toucan crossings are a standard crossing design for Salt Lake City’s growing network of neighborhood byways on busy streets like 600 North. Other locations where this type of crossing has been installed include the 600 East neighborhood byway crossings at 2100 South and 1300 South.
Why this design?
One of the primary issues residents experience when crossing 600 North (see our community survey results here) are vehicles speeding and not stopping for people walking and bicycling. This type of crossing design provides a safe and effective crossing at major streets that have high vehicle traffic volumes and speeds without adding a four-way traffic signal. Four-way traffic signals are much more expensive and can potentially attract more vehicles to 1300 West.
How does it work?
The Toucan design allows people walking and bicycling on 1300 West to activate a stop light for vehicles on 600 North by pressing a button. Push buttons for people walking are in their standard location – at the corner near the pedestrian ramp. People bicycling are directed to center bike lanes with median islands where push buttons and bicycle signals are located. When the signal is activated, a walk signal is given for pedestrians. A green bicycle signal is given for cyclists.
An important feature of this design is that vehicles traveling on 600 North are given a red light only when someone needing to cross has activated it. In other words, the traffic light won’t automatically rotate through red and green phases.
Another feature of this design is that it diverts vehicles using 1300 West neighborhood byway to travel through the neighborhood – that is, vehicles traveling north and south on 1300 West must turn right at 600 North. Fewer vehicles on this local street provides a more comfortable experience to those walking and bicycling on the neighborhood byway and residents enjoy less vehicle traffic on their street.
What will change?
Currently, there is only one crosswalk on the west leg of the intersection with no additional beacons or traffic control devices to indicate to drivers traveling on 600 North that people are crossing. The proposed design provides crosswalks on both sides of 600 North and drivers traveling east and west on 600 North will be stopped by a traffic signal when someone walking or bicycling is present and has activated the signal. The biggest change for drivers is that vehicles traveling north and south on 1300 West are only allowed to make right turns at 600 North. Residents that live near the intersection will be affected most by this change.
The Rose Park Community Council was awarded CIP funds for the first section/phase of a SLC Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan-recommended, north-south neighborhood byway in the Rose Park and Fairpark neighborhoods.
The project kicked off in the spring of 2019, and a byway route and safety improvements along the route were proposed. The project team met with community members at events, public meetings, and door to door visits to gather feedback.
Based on initial outreach and community feedback, the project team conducted a further technical analysis to study route options. We looked at several factors including existing conditions, proximity to community destinations, network connectivity, and more. Using the results from the technical analysis, guidance from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan, and public input, we are proposing an adjusted byway route.
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1000 North Safety Improvements
Frequently Asked Questions
What changes are being made?
In 2022, The City will make crossing safety improvements at 1000 North & 600 North and 1300 West. These safety improvements will include:
- Curb extensions (also known as bulb-outs) at the corners of the intersections to shorten the distance when crossing the street and help calm vehicle traffic.
- High visibility crosswalks
- Push-button activated flashing beacons (RRFBs) to alert drivers that there is someone in the crosswalk
- Curb ramps for bicycle access to the beacon push buttons and crosswalk
Along the 1300 West corridor, improvements include wayfinding signage and pavement markings such as shared lane markings to help guide people riding bicycles along the byway.
Stay tuned for more planned byway improvements along 1300 West.
Why was the 1300 West chosen for the byway route when there is already a bicycle lane on 1200 West?
Byway routes are selected based on many factors including:
- Lower traffic volumes
- Lower speeds – narrow streets or other characteristics were driving fast in a vehicle feels uncomfortable
- Direct connections between neighborhood destinations
- Greening along the route – for example, street trees that provide shade
Neighborhood byway routes are identified in the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan, adopted by SLC in 2015. Byways aim to create a more inviting and comfortable street network for people walking and bicycling. The project team looked at several of the above factors, including existing conditions, proximity to community destinations (Jordan River Trail, schools, community centers, parks, businesses), transportation network connectivity, and more. Using the technical analysis results, guidance from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan, and public input (public events, surveys, etc.), 1300 West byway route was chosen.
What type of bicycle lanes will be implemented?
The City will implement shared lane markings (i.e., “sharrows”) along the route to help guide people riding bicycles and to indicate a travel lane shared by bicyclists and motor vehicles. According to NACTO, shared lane markings “reinforce the legitimacy of bicycle traffic on the street and recommend proper bicyclist positioning.”
See question: What type of changes will take place for more information.
When will these changes take place?
Construction is tentatively scheduled for Summer/Fall 2022. We will update residents when we have more information to share.
Will speed reductions or other crossing safety improvements be implemented?
This phase of the project focuses on safety improvements at the intersection of busy streets that cross the byway (such as 1000 North and 1300 West) which may help calm vehicle traffic turning onto the byway. One reason that 1300 West was chosen as a byway is due to the street’s relatively low traffic volume and speeds. However, further analysis, feedback from residents, and funding availability may lead to additional traffic calming along the byway in the future.
Survey Summary's and Resources
1000 North & 1300 West Project Timeline
600 North & 1300 West Project Timeline
|1000 NORTH & 1300 WEST PROJECT TIMELINE||600 NORTH & 1300 WEST PROJECT TIMELINE|
|Spring 2019 – Public announcement||Spring 2021 – Pubic announcement|
|Winter 2019 – Input on draft design||Summer 2021 – Input on draft design|
|Fall 2020 – Input on intersection design & final byway route||Fall 2021 – Final design|
|Spring 2022– Construction begins||Summer 2022 – Construction begins|
Please contact the project manager for questions or more information on this project:
Transportation Planner II