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Public input wanted for Stillwater Transportation Enhancement Plan

Released:Mar 21, 2017

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(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / March 21, 2017) — The City of Stillwater and the citizen Master Plan Committee are seeking public input from residents and commercial organizations for the Stillwater Transportation Enhancement Plan 2040 (STEP 2040). City staff and committee members are updating the transportation plan for Stillwater.

Two public input meetings are scheduled to gather citizen ideas specifically identifying transportation goals and objectives and enhancement projects to improve all forms of mobility over the next 20 years.

Both public input meetings are taking place in room 121 at the City of Stillwater Community Center, 315 W. 8th Ave.:

  • Saturday, March 25 from 2 to 4 p.m.

  • Thursday, April 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call 405.533.8491 or email gvaughn@stillwater.org.

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Previous public input

The selected suggestions below were submitted by residents during the March 25 public input meeting.

Updated: April 6, 2017 

Running/Walking/Biking

  • Running/Walking/Biking Trails, various places around town: Please improve the pedestrian access. There are many people who run/walk/bike commute, and our current pedestrian infrastructure is insufficient. Priorities are along the north side of Hwy 51 between Sanger and Western, but any improvements to trails through parks, along roads, etc. would be appreciated.

  • Walkability assessment, entire City of Stillwater: Work with an agency like Active Living Research to assess the city for safety, proximity and facilities to make the city more walkable. Colleges are beginning to train students in Physical Activity and Public Health.

  • New City Park with a Nature Trail: Start a strategic plan for an environmentally sensitive nature trail in the City-owned property between Airport & Richmond, Washington and Perkins – including management plan for red cedar, native trees, and egret rookery.

  • Completion of the Kameoka Trail, focus on the missing segment between 3rd and 9th: Complete the bike/pedestrian facility that connects Couch Park with the E. Rogers Drive located north of Boomer Lake.

  • New pedestrian options: Connect hospital and residences West of Duck and South of 6th to the Downtown, especially with the events happening downtown it would be great to have safer options for walking or bicycling as a mobility option.

  • Increase Connections: Place park/ride areas on the outskirts.  Make Main Street similar to Pearl Street in Denver. Provide public transit from each of these locations (points of interests). Make Duck-Hall of Fame-Perkins-12th an Inner Ring to minimize car traffic. Add parking garages, biking paths to connect.

Road Improvements

  • Knoblock St from University Ave north to W Matthews Ave: Rebuild roadway to include better drainage aesthetics and increase pedestrian and cyclist safety. Create divided parking and bike lanes with striping, poles or rubber bumpers. Updated landscape and lighting to match Oklahoma State University (similar to University Ave). This may encourage more pedestrian movement and interaction along campus corner" shopping and dining areas. Would also make it better looking and somewhere I'd want to be."

  • New road segment to connect University and West intersection with 3rd and Duck: This idea has come up before to decrease the traffic bottleneck at Knoblock, but the opportunity may be present now, with houses recently removed in this area.

Shared and Public Transportation

  • I’d like Stillwater to take on a mission to make transportation around Stillwater including areas west of Stillwater, OSU/downtown and shopping in Perkins as safe and environmentally sensitive as possible.  One idea would be to make cars in Stillwater as pointless as possible to accommodate seniors, students and residents that work in Stillwater.  We are rural so we can’t do away with all cars but it would also reduce traffic and offset cost of maintaining roads.  Food for thought: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/jul/10/helsinki-shared-public-transport-plan-car-ownership-pointless

  • New bus route, Lakeview between Husband and Perkins Road: I live in Oakcreek Community (on N. Husband St.). Lakeview is very heavily traveled and if I wanted to not drive this route-my options are limited.  No continuous sidewalk and no bus route on Lakeview.

Intersection Improvements

  • Virginia and Perkins Road: East bound traffic needs a left turn bay. Traffic movement east bound is very inefficient at this location.

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