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Nicoletta Munroe

The land at the fair grounds possesses a remarkable view of the Sangre de Cristo range thus the area could be a site for single family home development. Before we add access on Richards Avenue we are required first to ask the question: how will expanding access on Richards Avenue impact home owners? Will expanding access on Richards Avenue negatively impact the schools and the homes in the area? I remember a discussion regarding this project during the mayoral contest in 2014. Then City Councilor Patti Bushee spoke of the negative consequences of expanding Richards Avenue at a Mayoral Forum.

Rob Morlino

I am surprised that articles about these types of public infrastructure projects never seem to cite any existing scholarship about the topic at hand.

The benefits of increased street connectivity on traffic calming, long-term resource management, and public safety are well documented by various municipalities, nonprofits, and academic institutions throughout the country. These studies also usually find that increased connectivity allows for overall lower speed limits in the affected neighborhoods and lower risk of accidents as a result of more intuitive wayfinding. Additionally, this crossing would allow for much faster emergency service response times to the surrounding community.

As a pedestrian and cyclist who lives in this district, I am excited about the safety and transportation benefits of this plan.

Please find some existing scholarship interrogating this topic below:

Happy New Year!

https://wfrc.org/PublicInvolvement/InTheNews/AssessmentOfEffectsOfStreetConnectivity.pdf

http://olympiawa.gov/~/media/Files/PublicWorks/Transportation/TransportationMobilityStrategy/TMSAppendixHConnectivity.pdf?la=en

http://www.ci.kearney.mo.us/pdf/Attach-to-11-2-15-Agenda-Street-Connectivity.pdf

https://www.h-gac.com/livable-centers/documents/user-guide-connectivity-tool.pdf

https://www.transportation.gov/mission/health/promoting-connectivity

Julian Grace

This project has already been debated, discussed and passed by previous city councils. Many proponents of alleviating the traffic burden on other roads that pass from Siringo to Rodeo have waited patiently for the city to finally put the master plan into action. What else is there to discuss?

William Craig

“... residential streets such as Camino Carlos Rey and Avenida de las Campanas are being inundated with traffic because Richards Avenue doesn’t connect.”

Yes, and building the connection would mostly impact a dozen homes that face directly onto Richards north of the arroyo. By contrast, hundreds of other homes all over Bellamah would see a decrease in traffic cutting through the neighborhood, especially along Avenida de Las Campanas.

As for improving access to SFCC and Rancho Viejo, whatever happened to the proposed Richards Avenue interchange for I-25?

Dan Frazier

As a pedestrian and bicyclist, I am sure of one thing: Another vehicle crossing in this area is not going to improve the pedestrian or cyclists enjoyment of the Arroyo Chamiso trail. The only upside might be that some neighborhood pedestrians and cyclists on the Cerrillos side might have easier access to the trail, depending on how it is designed. Pedestrians and cyclists get little respect. Just look at how many car crossings there are across the arroyo and how few pedestrian and cyclist bridges there are. The arroyo trail is cut off from many neighborhood pedestrians and cyclists because of a lack of bridges. This is part of why it is not used by more people.

Rob Morlino

This connectivity would actually allow me to use the Arroyo Chamiso trail more often. Currently, the lack of connectivity in the area means that I have to ride the shoulder on Camino Carlos Rey and Cerrillos to get to work and around the neighborhood. Maybe people don't use that part of the trail that often because it's actually so difficult to get to.

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