City officials recognize that the current improvements on Railroad Avenue are likely the most dramatic revisions that have happened on that street in several decades. In an effort to increase motorist’s awareness of the current improvements, the Public Works Department was tasked with researching creative ways to increase safety and reduce long-term costs associated with the ongoing maintenance of the street. In response, members of the Department’s Streets Team brought forward the idea to use raised traffic markers and corresponding reflectors to designate the turn pockets in the new center medians, similar to those used in various cities throughout Washington. Through consultation with the City’s engineering staff and several comparison city administrators, Shelton City officials decided this was the safest, most cost effective and aesthetically pleasing option moving forward.
The City of Shelton says Railroad Avenue will be closed Saturday, May 20th between 1st and 7th for the Community Downtown Clean Up event from approximately 7:00 – 11:00 AM. The side streets will also be closed up to the alleyway. Signs will be on display designating the work area.
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.