Franklin Public Involvement
February 2023: Community Open House
On February 2, 2023 over 160 members of the community attended an in-person open house where staff shared work done to refine the preferred alternative design since it was last shared in March 2020. Staff engaged in discussion with attendees and feedback was collected, which will be used to inform further refinement of the design as it moves forward from planning to engineering.
Refined Preferred Alternative Design
The Refined Preferred Alternative Design is based off the preferred alternative concpet design shared in March 2020. It has been refiend based on feedback from community members, business and property owners along the corridor, and engineers. Refinements include modifcations to roundabout shaping, a westbound left-turn from Franklin onto Villard, and adjustments to the spaces dedicated to people walking and biking.
Information Station Topics
- Project Overview: An introduction to the project.
- Project Timeline: A summary of events along the corridor affecting the project from 1998 - 2028 - how we got here, where we are, and what's next.
- Walking and Biking Along the Corridor: An explanation of how people walking and biking will be able to navigate through roundabouts, and a description of the types of facilities being considered for biking (protected bikeways and shared-use paths).
- Franklin Blvd & Walnut St: Three-dimensional street-level rendering of a proposed roundabout at the intersection of Franklin Blvd and Walnut Street.
- Then & Now: An overview of refinements made to the design between 2020 and 2023.
- RAISE Grant: A discussion of what components of the total project are planned to be delivered through RAISE grant funding.
- Corridor Traffic Simulation Video: A video simulation of how traffic will flow through the corridor based on traffic modeling.
- Draft Corridor Analysis Report: A draft report describing the opportunities, constraints, environmental factors, and public involvement and design development history associated with the project.
March 2020: Preferred Design Alternative Showcase
We hosted an open house on March 10th, 2020 at the Ford Alumni Center. During the event project staff shared the preferred alternative (also known as the preferred final concept design) and were available to share information and answer questions.
Preferred Alternative / Preferred Final Concept Design
The Preferred Alternative uses a combination of roundabouts and signals with gateway roundabouts at each end. It also creates a new intersection at 13th Avenue and Moss Street. This alternative most closely resembles Alternative C that was presented during the May 2019 open house, but with refinements.
Information Station Topics
- Project Overview: An introduction to the project and work done to date
- Project Timeline: Depicts where work on the project is in relation to past and future milestones
- Proposed Bicycle and Pedestrian Operations: Discusses how intersections will work for people walking and biking
- Street Configurations: Portrays how physical constraints may impact street design
- Franklin Blvd & Walnut Street: Three-dimensional street-level rendering of a proposed roundabout at Franklin Blvd & Walnut Street
- Corridor Traffic Simulation Video: A video simulation of how traffic will flow through the corridor
May 2019: Design Open House
We hosted a design workshop, open-house style, on May 29th, 2019 at the Romania Building. The results of work done by staff since the first workshop took place January 28th-31st was presented, including efforts to incorporate community feedback into design concepts evaluation and potential corridor alternatives generation.
Three Alternatives are Being Considered for Franklin Blvd
Alternatives are available in both PDF and Google Earth formats. To view the Google Earth format, you will need to use Google Earth, which can be found [here].
- Alternative A [Google Earth] [PDF] explores a series of roundabouts along the entire corridor.
- Alternative B [Google Earth] [PDF] explores signalized intersections with one gateway roundabout at the east end.
- Alternative C [Google Earth] [PDF] explores a combination of roundabouts and signals with gateway roundabouts at each end. Strategically placed roundabouts allow vehicles to make u-turns along the corridor to make it easier to access destinations on the other side of the street.
Four Information Stations were also Available. Station Topics included
- Project Overview: An introduction to the project and summary of work done to date
- Gateways: Presents design elements and character options for potential gateway treatments
- Bikeways: Discusses the Franklin Blvd and Garden Ave bike networks and design options
- Alternatives: Reviews different street design options being considered and explores the trade-offs for each design alternative
January 2019: Design Discovery Workshop
Between January 28th and January 31st, 2019, we hosted a series of public events as part of an intensive four day Design Workshop (also known as a Charrette). Initial design concepts were created for the Franklin Boulevard Transformation during the Design Workshop in January 2019.
What is a Charrette?
The term Charrette is French and literally translates to "cart" or "chariot". It refers to the final, intense work effort of art or architecture students to meet a project deadline. Today, the practice is no longer confined to art and architecture students, but is a tool employed by planners, designers, developers, public officials and organizations, and non-governmental organizations.
A Charrette uses a series of collaborative design and public input cycles for multiple, consecutive days. Everyone – from city planners to local business and property owners – become aware of the complexities of development and design issues, and everyone works together to arrive at the best possible solution.
Source: National Charrette Institute