The Town of Tonawanda invites community members to experience a temporary demonstration of a “complete street” on Parker Boulevard from Tuesday, August 22nd to Thursday, August 24th
TONAWANDA, N.Y. – The Town of Tonawanda is planning a complete streets demonstration project for Parker Boulevard, between Berkeley Street and Darlington Drive near Lincoln Park.
The project is called the Parker Boulevard Complete Street Pilot Project and will take place between Tuesday, August 22nd and Thursday, August 24th. During the event, Town employees and neighborhood volunteers will be placing temporary materials in the existing pavement section to replicate a complete street design. Design elements will include protected crosswalks, narrowed vehicle lanes, buffered bike lanes, and a mini-roundabout at the Parker-Decatur intersection.
The purpose of the project is to demonstrate how a new “complete street” design can calm automobile traffic and better protect people who walk, bike, or use a wheelchair. The demonstration event area will be video recorded before and during the event to capture traffic movements and speed data.
Councilman John Bargnesi, Chairman of the Planning and Development Committee, said “This demonstration event is an inexpensive way to show our neighbors how safer street design in our Town can work.”
Councilman William Conrad added “everywhere where complete street designs have been implemented, the accident rate drops significantly, they seem to work wherever they have been constructed. This demonstration project will hopefully alleviate some of the resident’s concerns.”
A temporary information booth will be stationed near the Parker-Decatur intersection to share information about the project and collect feedback from community members.
The new traffic pattern will last approximately 2 days and will return to the existing design after August 24th.
If you are interested in participating in the demonstration event and helping to bring a more pedestrian-friendly street design to the Town, please contact James Hartz, the Director of Planning & Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.