Please share your thoughts on the proposed concepts for the Baldy Extension and U.S. Highway 2 Corridor.
SANDPOINT MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION MASTER PLAN -- PART 3
SOLUTIONS AND CONCEPTS FOR PUBLIC REVIEW AND INPUT
Keys Issues and Considerations
- Connecting more directly to Highway 2 will relieve truck traffic/congestion on Division Avenue, enabling improvements to Division Ave, specifically, improved access to schools and community destinations.
- East-west grid network is non-existent in the area which forces more traffic and congestion north-south, through neighborhoods on Boyer Avenue (south of Larch) and along Division.
- Baldy is the primary collector serving the industrial areas with heavier use by trucks along Baldy, Great Northern, and Woodland. Truck users have limited routes to US-95 – current truck route is on Division Avenue (a roadway where truck traffic mixes with grade school traffic and residential traffic) and Baldy Mountain Road.
- Baldy Mountain Road/Boyer Avenue as well as US-2/ Boyer Avenue intersections experiences vehicle delay as a result of the higher traffic volumes, as well as frequent train crossings.
- Safety and overall mobility concerns exist when truck routes also serve as the primary corridor for schools.
- Extend Baldy Mountain Road at the Boyer Avenue intersection to the east, connecting to Fifth Ave/US-2.
- Construct a new signal at the Baldy Mountain Rd & Boyer Ave intersection to support recently approved and anticipated growth to the north. The new signal will be coordinated with the railroad crossing to eliminate vehicle queuing onto the tracks.
- Construct a new High-T intersection at the new Baldy Mountain Rd & Fifth Ave/US-2 intersection. The High-T traffic signal will favor traffic flow on Fifth Ave/US-2 by not stopping the northbound traffic on Fifth Ave/US-2, they will maintain free flow, and the southbound traffic will only stop when the eastbound left-turn traffic on the Baldy Mountain Road extension is needing to be served.
US HIGHWAY 2 CORRIDOR
Keys Issues and Considerations
- Numerous access points (driveways and roadway connections) along the corridor create a substantial amount of conflict areas which increases the risk for crashes and diminishes efficient traffic flow.
- Roadways intersecting from different angles at US-2 create large and confusing intersections that are not intuitive to motorists and active transportation users alike. These locations also create conditions that could increase the risk for crashes.
- Restricting many of the intersections to right-in and right-out will reduce the conflict points at those locations and provide more consistent and efficient traffic flow and improve pedestrian safety along the corridor.
Boyer Ave & US-2
- Realign the intersection slightly to the northeast to enable a more perpendicular connection to US-2 to create better sight-lines for safety, longer storage areas for vehicles to queue, shorter crossing distances through the intersection for more efficient traffic flow and shorter crossings for the pedestrians and bicyclists.
Ontario St & US-2
- Construct new left-turn lanes on US-2
- Realign the crosswalk on the north side of the intersection (crossing US-2) to be perpendicular to the roadway – this creates a shorter crossing distance for the active transportation users and helps them see oncoming traffic easier.
Olive Ave & US-2
- Restrict this intersection to right-in, right-out movements only
- Close the connection of Michigan Street to US-2 on the south side of US-2 – this helps reduce conflicts on the roadway given its close proximity to the Olive Ave intersection
- Michigan Street becomes a one-way road in the westbound direction from Olive Avenue to Division Avenue.
Ella Ave & US-2
- On the north side of US-2, extend/connect Ella Avenue to US-2
- This will be the optimal location for a future traffic signal given its spacing between the Division Avenue and the Boyer Avenue traffic signals.
- Create new left-turn lanes on US-2
- Marion Ave & US-2 – restrict to right-in, right-out movements only
Superior St & Florence Ave
- Create new left-turn lanes on US-2 at the Florence Avenue intersection
- Restrict Superior Street to right-in, right-out movements only on the north side of US-2
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