Streetscape Project | Avenue Concept Plan


Streetscape Plan for Farmington Avenue

s The goal of the project is to improve how Farmington Avenue looks and functions as an urban arterial street. The streetscape project responds to the needs of a diverse range of corridor users, including motorists, pedestrians, business interests, and visitors.

Phase I roadway and streetscape improvements will be implemented in 2012 between Marshall Street in Asylum Hill and Denison Street in the West End.

Roadway Improvements:           

  • Revised lane use to match traffic demand 
  • Creation of dedicated and shared turn lanes
  • New curbing (where needed)
  • Pavement resurfacing (where needed)
  • Modified driveway aprons (where needed)
  • Bus turnouts (buses will pull out of the travel lane)
  • Roadway lighting (street light poles replaced)

                                                           
Streetscape Features:                    

  • Street trees (large street trees planted on edge of private property)
  • Planting areas (raised planters and beds)
  • New sidewalk material (brick and tan colored pavers)
  • Bus shelters (at every stop)
  • Driveway apron treatments
  • Trash and recycle receptacles
  • Wider area of bicyclists in some locations but no dedicated bike lane

Pedestrian Enhancements:           

  • Median islands for pedestrian refuge
  • Sidewalk replacement
  • Widened sidewalks (where possible)
  • Additional crosswalks
  • New sidewalk lighting (pedestrian lighting)

Views of Proposed Design
On June 14 URS presented a preliminary design of improvements to Farmington Avenue for public review and comment. As the design details are studied further revisions will be made as needed. Below are links to the proposed roadway design, divided into three sections.

The following files are in PDF format, some of which are large and may be slow to download.

Marshall St to Woodland St pdf 302k
Woodland St to Denison St pdf 273k
Denison St to Kenyon St
pdf 315k

New street and pedestrian lighting will be installed. The “Hartford” style street poles and fixtures were selected for pedestrian lighting. Street light poles will be black to match pedestrian lighting and decorative “skirts” will surround the base of the poles. All poles will be placed on the inside edge (away from street curb) of the avenue’s sidewalks.

Lighting for Farmington Avenue pdf 501k

Sidewalks will be re-done with concrete pavers that resemble bricks. They will be predominantly red with a tan accent in the middle of a basket weave pattern. There will not be a tree belt or grassy strip between the sidewalk and curb. Instead the sidewalk will be edged in a gray stone material on each side to visually enlarge its width.

Sidewalk Details pdf 581k

The streetscape plan proposes more vegetation on Farmington Avenue. Some of the medians will be planted with trees, shrubs and hearty plantings. The plan will attempt to enhance the large tree canopy to the avenue where trees are sparse. The goal will be to plant trees near the sidewalk on private property every 60 feet. No new trees will be planted next to the curb where growing conditions are harsh.

Marshall St to Woodland St pdf 3mb
Woodland St to Sherman St pdf 2.5mb
Sherman St to Kenyon St
pdf 1.3mb

Enlarged view of street section pdf 2mb
Cross section view of avenue
pdf 860k

The layout of travel lanes is proposed to change. Farmington Avenue is mostly four lanes wide, except in the area between Lorraine and Sisson Avenue which is five lanes. Some of the lanes are now used for parking. In the proposed street design, medians and turning lanes in selected areas of the avenue will channel traffic as roadway use is re-arranged. The design team projected the Level of Service (LOS) of the proposed roadway layout. LOS is a grading system that uses letters A-F to assess how long it takes vehicles to get through an intersection. In their analysis LOS remained stable for most of the intersections, although at peak travel time today some of the avenue’s intersection get grades of D or F. An LOS grade of D is becoming “acceptable” as a standard in urban areas because of traffic volumes.

Intersections pdf 217k

 

 

 
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