On Monday, Sept. 12, the public is invited to speak with the City of Port Jervis's "Complete Streets" design consultant ALTA Planning + Design about changes to Pike St. and Front St., which turns into Jersey Ave.
Signed into law in August of 2011, the Complete Streets Act requires state, county, and local agencies to consider the convenience and mobility of all users when developing transportation projects that receive state and federal funding.
The state's Department of Transportation (DOT) website defines Complete Streets as "a roadway planned and designed to consider the safe, convenient access and mobility of all roadway users of all ages and abilities."
This means for pedestrians, bicyclists, people with disabilities, motorists, and those who use public transportation, the DOT says.
"Complete Street roadway design features include sidewalks, lane striping, bicycle lanes, paved shoulders suitable for use by bicyclists, signage, crosswalks, pedestrian control signals, bus pull-outs, curb cuts, raised crosswalks, ramps and traffic calming measures," the DOT website says.
Funding for Port Jervis's Complete Streets design came from a grant awarded to Orange County and managed jointly by the Orange County Planning Department and the Orange County Department of Health.
The public is invited to talk to the consultant in the city's Common Council Chambers, on the second floor of 20 Hammond St., from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 12. From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., the public is invited to a workshop put on by the Common Council to provide feedback on design alternatives.
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