The City of Shelton and the Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce celebrated the reconfiguration of Railroad Avenue Thursday with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Among those to attend were Shelton Mayor Gary Cronce, City Commissioner Kathy McDowell, City Commissioner Tracy Moore, State Representative Drew MacEwen, State Representative Dan Griffey, several members of the Downtown Visioning Committee and City Staff.
MasonWebTV Powered by HCC spoke with Melanie Bakala, co-chair of the visioning committee, who explained how Railroad Avenue went from a four-lane street (two lanes in each direction) with parallel parking on each side to a two-lane street (one lane in each direction) with center left-turn lanes at each intersection and parallel parking on each side.
We asked Ms. Bakala what is next for the Visioning Committee.
Some other new aspects of Railroad Avenue are brick-red paint for all crosswalks as well as between the left-turn lanes, a buffer between the parallel parking and travel lanes, and raise pavement markers. This reconfiguration is also known as the Railroad Avenue Road Diet and runs from 1st Street to 7th Street and also includes changes in the traffic lights at 1st and at 7th as well as the removal of the traffic light at 4th Street.