Monday, June 23, 2014

Bloomfield Avenue Corridor Plan to Hold Open House

If you use the Bloomfield Avenue corridor in Bloomfield, Montclair, Glen Ridge, or Verona, the Bloomfield Avenue Complete Corridor Plan would like to hear from you. Together North Jersey will be hosting an open house on Thursday regarding the plan at Bloomfield College.

According to the plan website, objectives of the plan include to "assess the area to identify transportation, pedestrian and bike access improvements that can improve the capacity of existing roads and the overall mobility of residents, stakeholders and patrons, recommend roadway improvements that will create a healthy, enjoyable and safe environment using Complete Street guidelines, (and) to develop a transit-friendly corridor that attracts economic investment on a regional scale".

In addition, the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University is conducting a survey regarding how people use the Bloomfield Avenue corridor. Questions include what changes participants feel should be made to Bloomfield Avenue to make it safer to drive, and how often they walk on Bloomfield Avenue.

The school website states that some of the current problems with the corridor include sidewalk and roadway widths, parking lanes, traffic flow, vehicle speeds, and intersection design.

Members of the project team include New Jersey Transit, New Jersey Health Impact Collaborative, Looney Ricks Kiss, VHB, Nishuane Group, the County of Essex, the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, the Montclair Center Business Improvement District, the Bloomfield Center Alliance, HOMECorp, the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition, Partners for Health Foundation,  Bike Walk Montclair,  Montclair State University, and Bloomfield College.

Bloomfield Avenue connects Route 46 in Montville with Broadway in Newark. The open house will take place at Bloomfield College Hall, Room 016, which is located at the corner of Liberty and Spruce Streets in Bloomfield. The event will last from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, with a presentation at 6:30pm. Participants can share their ideas for the corridor and speak to the design team.

The project is one of 18 Local Demonstration Projects (LDPs) being undertaken by Together North Jersey, a regional planning coalition including the Edward J. Bloustein School for Planning and Policy, along with numerous other agencies and organizations around the region.

Map of corridor. Courtesy of Together North Jersey.

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