In 2017, the City of Frankfort applied for and, in 2018, was awarded a U.S. Department of Transportation grant from the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.
The TIGER grant application identified the Second Street corridor as the focus of anticipated improvements. Specifically, the limits of the project are on West Second Street from Taylor Avenue to Capital Avenue and then on Capital Avenue across the river to the East Main Street intersection.
Progress continues on the preliminary engineering and environmental assessment phase of the Second Street TIGER Grant Project, which began in February. This phase’s initial activities included both engineering and environmental data collection and analysis that have helped decision-making regarding roadway, stormwater and sanitary sewer design development.
An initial meeting was conducted with the technical project team. A series of stakeholder meetings was held with a wide variety of interested parties. These meetings allowed technical project team members and stakeholders to learn more about the project and to share initial ideas and concerns.
Based on the initial activities and meetings, the Strand Associates team developed a preliminary evaluation plan that displayed roadway alternatives and streetscape opportunities. This preliminary evaluation plan was reviewed by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet staff and served as the basis for the information provided during the May 30 public informational meeting at Paul Sawyier Public Library.
The general format for this public meeting was an open house where participants were provided a questionnaire and stickers. The questionnaire was used to indicate a participant’s preference for different roadway design alternatives. The stickers were used to indicate a participant’s preference concerning general styles of possible streetscape amenities such as street lights, benches, planters and others.
A summary of the completed roadway questionnaires indicates:
- There is a strong preference for a separated, multiuse path on the north side of Second Street rather than on-street bike lanes.
- At the East Main Street and Capital Avenue intersection, there is a preference to remove the eastbound, dedicated right-turn lane to eliminate the stairs rather than maintain existing lanes.
- At the Second Street and Capital Avenue intersection, there is a fairly even preference between three southbound lanes (right, through and left) and two southbound lanes (through/right and through/left).
- At the Second Street and Shelby Street intersection, there is a strong preference for a four-way stop rather than a traffic signal.
- At the Second Street and Steele Street intersection, there is a slight preference for a four-way stop rather than a traffic signal.
- At the Second Street and Conway Street intersection, there is a strong preference to restrict left-turn movements into and out of Conway Street rather than not improve the Second Street/Bridge Street/Conway Street intersection.
Also, the stickers applied to examples of general styles of streetscape amenities indicate a preference for traditional-style amenities rather than contemporary.
Currently, the Strand Associates team continues to develop the project’s preliminary design, including roadway, stormwater and sanitary sewer aspects. The near-term objective is to complete preliminary engineering plans in order for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to review and comment. The Strand Associates team also continues to prepare the project’s environmental document. This environmental document must be approved before the project can proceed to final design.
At this point, we anticipate presenting the preliminary design and environmental document to the Frankfort City Commission in August.
Our goal is to keep those who are interested in this project up to date on project status and opportunities. We have a growing stakeholder list that will be used to share periodic e-mail updates. If interested, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide an email address. You are also encouraged to visit the project website at www.frankfort.ky.gov/TIGER.
Chuck Knowles is the TIGER grant project manager for the City of Frankfort. He can be reached at email@example.com.