Street Repair

The initiative Street relates to the MAP Initiative 4, Creating Attractive and Desirable Places. One of the actions that relates to this initiative is to Action 2, “Develop and Implement a Sidewalk and Recreational Paths Plan.” It also relates to Principle 10, “Streets will create an attractive public realm and be welcoming and comfortable places for people while safely accommodating vehicles.” It focuses on the importance of complete streets, which are streets for everyone provides safety, comport, and convenience no matter who they are or how they travel. It considers the needs of pedestrians, transit users, bicycle users, motorists, emergency vehicles, and etc. That will be better connected which improves the quality of infrastructure and impacts the safety of Thomas Park/Avondale residents.

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Figure 1 – Street repairs with painted brightly colored crosswalks. Source: Kyeonghyun Kim

How

At the neighborhood meeting, resident expressed concerns about street conditions. In order to help alleviate the concern, this initiative was created based on the survey and neighborhood meetings.

Why

Streets are necessary to support livability, safety and quality of life in TPA. The initiative was agreed upon at the first meeting TPA meeting by residents. Lack of sidewalks and maintenance are all factors that discourage people from walking regularly. This initiative is especially important to residents in TPAe passing through from surrounding areas by walking, bicycling, or motorcycling. Also, elderly, disabled people, and children are disproportionately affected by these issues.

What

Neighbors in TPA can show the City of Muncie that streets are a priority. Members of the neighborhood association can make contact with the City of Muncie-Department of Public Works and the Office of Community Development, whose contacts information are below. Thomas Park/Avondale residents can submit issues of pot holes repair and asphalt repair issues through Department of Public Works – Street Department here. Residents of Thomas Park/Avondale of the neighborhood associations can also contact the Delaware County GIS to discuss the concern about streets and to make inquiries about the process for making improvements.

Who

The Neighborhood Association, the resident committee, or the residents of Thomas Park/Avondale Organization will be responsible for the initiative moving forward.

Where

An inventory of the existing street conditions in TPA can be found below. The street repair priority map makes it easy to distinguish which streets need repair throughout the neighborhood. The map was created to show where improvements are needed, rated by high, medium, and low condition. From the map, we will consider red streets indicate that the street is in high priority. These high priority streets may have a significant number of cracks or potholes; so these streets bring up a danger to all transportation and pedestrians. Yellow streets refers to medium priority streets are in fair condition.  The streets highlighted in green are of low priority that are in good condition, therefore not in need to repair. This map is a tool to help identify TPA of need and priority.

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Figure 2 – Map showing the existing street conditions in TPA. Source: Kyeonghyun Kim

Case Studies

The Make Way for People

The Make Way for People Program in Chicago, IL, is an initiative to strengthen communities by converting neighborhood streets by prioritizing people instead of cars. This program helps create safe streets and walkable neighborhoods that support their local business and create a stronger sense of place. The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has partnered with communities throughout the city in a variety of neighborhoods. These include People Spots, People Streets, People Plazas and People Alleys. People Streets converts public spaces in excess asphalt areas, creates safer intersections, and builds additional open space in neighborhoods. These areas are designated by the Department of Transportation with a community partner to create community programming and encourage walkable communities.

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Figure 3 – Make Way for People in Chicago: People Streets. Source: chicagocompletestreets.org

Citizen Activism

A city of Portland, Oregon, neighborhood recognized the need to improve pedestrian safety in an area considered a high crash corridor by Portland Bureau of Transportation. Safety was an important topic because a man was hit by a speeding car in the neighborhood. Neighbors worked together to improved lighting, sidewalks, and street conditions for their community. After not seeing any progress after asking city officials for a street crossing, neighbors and small business owners decided to ignore the city’s process. Neighborhood residents enrolled in the voluntary program which is street art for safety at high-crash locations on the road. They raised funds and started building improvements. Neighbors painted brightly colored crosswalks and painted and decorated the corners of intersections with colorful ground murals. This street art helped address the problem by slowing traffic down and creating safer pedestrian spaces.

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Figure 4 – Citizen Activism in Portland Oregon. Source: neighborhoodnotes.com

 

Contact Information

Department of Community Development
300 N. High St. City Hall
Muncie, IN 47305-1639
Phone:   (765) 747-4825
Fax:       (765) 747-4898
Contact: Ms. Terry Whitt Bailey, Director
Email:     tbailey@cityofmuncie.com
http://www.hud.gov/local/in/community/cdbg/

Department of Public Works
5790 W. Kilgore Ave.
Muncie, IN 47304
Phone: (765) 747-4847
Contact: Duke Campbell, Superintendent
Email: cityeng@cityofmuncie.com
Website: http://www.cityofmuncie.com/department-public-works-muncie.htm

Source

[1]”The Make Way for People.” CDOT. Accessed 2016. http://chicagocompletestreets.org/

[2]”Citizen Activism.” Neighborhood Notes. Accessed February 28, 2012. http://www.neighborhoodnotes.com/news/2012/02/how_to_improve_pedestrian_safety_in_your_neighborhood/