After months of consideration and review, the Shelton City Commission authorized the Public Works Department to move forward with proposals to expand the Road Diet on Railroad Avenue from 1st Street to 7th Street. Public Works Director, Craig Gregory has made several presentations to the Commission this year outlining suggested improvements to the current configuration of Railroad Avenue. City Staff also collected extensive feedback from members of the community regarding the approved changes prior to making a final recommendation to the Commission.
The City of Shelton plans to expand on what is called the Railroad Avenue Road Diet. Resident provided their opinion on the test road diet which included one travel lane in each direction, raised colored crosswalks and back in diagonal parking between 2nd and 5th streets. According to Public Works Director Craig Gregory, that test has provided the City a direction to expand the diet while eliminating some aspects including the back-in parking. Gregory spelled out the new plan to the City Commission Monday night.
The plan now is to expand the one lane of travel in each direction from 1st to 7th, with paint colored crosswalks and left turn lanes at every intersection, remove the traffic light at 4th, and go back to parallel parking on the north side of the street.
The last part of the Railroad Avenue “road diet” was completed Thursday with the painting of lines for the back-in diagonal parking on the street’s north side between 3rd and 5th streets. This new parking configuration is a demonstration of the Downtown Visioning project.
Railroad Avenue in downtown Shelton has a new look as part of the Downtown Visioning project. Thursday night, crews re-striped the street to include a demonstration of a potential new configuration. Between 3rd and 5th streets, there now is a single lane of traffic in each direction (instead of two lanes
each way) with paint used to extend bulb outs and four two-color crosswalks. Next week, the City will be installing back-in, diagonal parking stalls on the north side of Railroad. The goal is to improve the aesthetics of the corridor through downtown, expand its usability, slow traffic down and make it more pedestrian friendly.