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Havana Street Corridor Study update Project Overview, Goals, & Existing Conditions Key Takeaways

You're Invited!

We're hosting a virtual public meeting on September 30th, 2020 @ 6-7:30pm. The purpose of the meeting will be to share information on the study, ask for your input and give you additional information to share with your neighbors and friends. Visit the project website for meeting access information.

Please visit the Project Website to learn more about the study and complete the Mobility and Land Use Questionnaire to share your thoughts and concerns around existing and future conditions in this area!

About the Study

Havana Street is an important commercial, residential and commuter corridor that connects corridor residents and businesses to the surrounding community and other major transportation corridors in the city and region. The Havana Street Corridor Study is responding to a heightened awareness of safety and mobility for all users along busy corridors, including planning for cars, pedestrians, bicycles and buses. The study is an opportunity to create a vision and plan that recognizes the diverse needs of Aurora's residents, business owners, visitors and traveling public. The study will result in a final corridor vision, goals, corridor brand enhancements, land use framework and recommended transportation improvements.

Planning Area Boundaries

This map shows the study area of influence which includes a half-mile buffer surrounding Havana Street between Montview Boulevard to the north and Dartmouth Avenue to the south. The area is generally bounded by Dayton Street to the west and Moline Street to the east, though the primary focus is on the immediate corridor and intersections.

Project Goals

We envision a future Havana Street corridor that is:

  1. Pedestrian and bicycle friendly, but also efficient for other modes of travel;
  2. Safe for all travelers;
  3. A diverse cultural hub;
  4. Represents and promotes the needs of existing and future economic development and the community;
  5. Maintains distinct characteristics of corridor subareas; and
  6. Activated by arts and entertainment elements.

Investing in safety and comfort for all modes of travel is central to achieving these goals.

Existing Conditions: Key Takeaways

Key takeaways from the Existing Conditions Report are summarized below. If you're interested in reading the full report, then please visit the project website!

WALKING CONDITIONS

Key Takeaways:

  • Stressful pedestrian conditions
  • Inconsistent sidewalk widths and minimal separation from vehicle traffic
  • Dangerous, pedestrians crashes account for approximately 2% of total crashes, but 50% were fatal or resulted in injury.
  • Key connections to shared use paths along the corridor

BIKING CONDITIONS

Key Takeaways:

  • Dangerous, bicycle crashes account for approximately 0.7% of total crashes, but 50% resulted in injury.
  • Inconsistent sidewalk riding conditions
  • No bicycle-specific facilities.
  • Opportunities for connections to adjacent facilities.

TRANSIT (BUS) CONDITIONS

Key Takeaways:

  • High ridership
  • Limited amenities
  • Areas of poor lighting
  • Low travel speed (average transit travel speed = 13 mph)
  • Long¬†Delays (average bus delays = 4 minutes)

DRIVING CONDITIONS

Key Takeaways:

  • 2-8 lanes wide, 30 to 45 mph
  • 9,900 Daily Vehicles (North of Colfax)
  • 47,700 Daily Vehicles (At Iliff Avenue)
  • 7,500 crashes (2012-2019)
  • Increased Development = More Traffic
The roadway within the study area varies widely in function and use. The solution is not one size fits all.

LAND USE CONDITIONS

Key Takeaways:

  • A diverse range of land uses
  • Key partners include the Havana North Urban Renewal Area and On Havana Business Improvement District.
  • The Havana Street Overlay District offers opportunity for property modifications to help create a tree-lined boulevard and a more pedestrian friendly street.
  • Redevelopment projects underway or recently completed
  • The corridor is within walking and bicycling distance to many major natural amenities.
Thank you for your time. We look forward to engaging with you throughout this study process!

Get Involved and Stay Informed!

Join us on September 30th from 6 to 7:30pm for a virtual public meeting. CLICK HERE to register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Also, please take a moment to complete the Mobility & Land Use Questionnaire to share your thoughts around existing and future conditions in this area.

Credits:

Created with an image by Drew Beamer - "untitled image"