Overview of Prop 6 and Complete Streets
Walkable main street
Better for business
The intentional traffic-calming techniques will increase transit time by 50 seconds or less during rush hour. In return, Delaware Ave. will be transformed from a high-speed commuter arterial to a walkable main street. It will be safer for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists. Current businesses will thrive and and new businesses will open along the newly livable street.
The Delaware Ave. complete streets project in Bethlehem, NY will calm traffic and make the road safer and more pleasant for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists. The project will modify the traffic pattern on 1.3 miles of Delaware Avenue, from the Normanskill Bridge to Elsmere Ave. The speed limit will be lowered from 40 to 30 mph. The travel lanes will be reduced from two in each direction to one, matching the adjacent sections of Delaware Ave. to the northwest and southeast, and a center turn lane will be added so traffic flows smoothly.
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1. Traffic will be reduced from two to one lane in each direction.
2. A center turn lane will keep traffic flowing and reduce collisions.
3. The speed limit will be reduced from 40 mph to 30 mph.
4. Potential for raised center islands at some crosswalks to calm traffic and provide additional safety for pedestrians.
5. Bike lanes will increase safety for cyclists and will allow buses to pull out of traffic when stopping to keep traffic flowing.
6. Slower traffic and wider, improved sidewalks will make walking more pleasant and draw new businesses seeking foot traffic.
7. Additional crosswalks will be installed with flashing yellow lights to alert drivers when pedestrians are crossing.
On the November 2 ballot, Bethlehem residents will vote on six proposals, which will allow the complete streets project to proceed. (The proposals are on the back side of the ballot, so please remember to turn your ballot over.) If Proposal 6 passes, the Town will be able to accept $2,912,000 in already-approved federal grants. These grants will be matched with $728,000 of Town funding.
The Town will receive an additional $1.6 million in funding from NYSDOT for repaving.
The project will include:
- An engineering design study. The study will include new traffic measurements and will evaluate and compare three road design options: a 1-1-1 complete streets design, a 2-1-1 design, and leaving the road design as is.
- Community meetings and outreach.
- Construction, including improved sidewalks, crosswalks, and a new gateway to Town.
In other words, the Delaware Ave. road design will be determined through engineering work and community involvement that will be authorized by Proposal 6.
If Proposal 6 does not pass, then the Town will lose the $2.9 million complete streets grant funding. There will still be construction on Delaware Ave. to replace sewer and water lines. (The Town will still receive the additional $1.6 million in funding from NYSDOT for repaving.)