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Results of Railroad Avenue Study Released

Monday night, the Shelton City Commission was presented with the results of a study of Railroad Avenue from U.S. Highway 101 to Front Street in downtown Shelton. Paul Fuesel from KPG Design took a look at the corridor and came up with possible improvements that would improve the roadway’s aesthetics, make it more welcoming and pedestrian friendly.

The suggestions in Fuesel’s presentation included better signage on 101 to direct people to downtown Shelton, a six-foot sidewalk along Railroad from 101 into the City Limits, bicycle facilities possibly along the former Simpson Rail Line, expanding sidewalks in downtown especially near the Tollie, and making Evergreen Square more than just a parking lot.

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Ribbon Cutting For Railroad Avenue Road Diet

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.

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Traffic Markers on Railroad Avenue

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.

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Road Closures Downtown Shelton This Weekend

Streets in downtown Shelton will be closed this weekend. 

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.

Additionally, Railroad Avenue between 1st and 7th will be closed overnight starting on Sunday, May 21st from approximately 6:00 PM – 3:00 AM.

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City Moving Ahead with Railroad Avenue Road Diet Expansion

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.

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City Planning to Expand Railroad Avenue Road Diet

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.

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Input Sought on Railroad Avenue

City of Shelton is looking for input on Railroad Avenue with a community survey.

The ongoing Railroad Avenue Road Diet project is central to the Downtown Vision Plan established by a community-led Downtown Visioning Committee in 2015.

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