Division/Church Corridor Study: Updated design alternatives to be presented Monday

At next week’s Board of Public Works meeting, an update on the Division/Church Corridor Study will be presented. This presentation is expected to include a visual tour of current design alternatives.

This meeting is open to the public and is scheduled for Monday October 14 at 6PM at the Lincoln Center (1519 Water St). An agenda packet is available on the City of Stevens Point website and can be accessed from this link.

As is standard for these monthly meetings, the Public Works meeting will actually start immediately after the previous meeting ends, even if it is not yet 6PM. Being a bit early might be a good idea if you want to be certain not to miss any portion of the presentation.

I had the opportunity to view the current design alternatives a couple of weeks ago. Vastly significant updates have been made to the conceptual alternatives presented at the public meeting in May. Previous to now, the designs have merely served as a framework for getting started. The current design alternatives should be regarded as the first set of designs illustrating features which potentially could get constructed.

Monday’s meeting is an excellent opportunity for Poky Pedalers to learn about specific bicycle infrastructure being proposed for the Division/Church corridor. Such knowledge will be useful for tracking future updates on this project.

My understanding is that any discussion at Monday’s meeting is solely among members of the Board of Public Works. Poky Pedalers in attendance will be able to watch the presentation and listen to the discussion among the board members. However, attendees should not expect to be allowed to make comments or otherwise participate in the discussion.

Regarding a public meeting about this project, the Public Works Director’s Report (part of the agenda packet for Monday’s meeting) indicates that one is being scheduled for November. I will have more information about that opportunity for citizens to voice their opinions directly to project staff once it is officially announced.

For much more information on current project status, Monday’s meeting, November’s public meeting, and PPSP’s recent feedback to project staff, look at the Division/Church St Corridor Study page under the Speak Your Poky item in the menu bar. I updated that page recently and will continue to use that page to keep Poky Pedalers informed as this next round of meetings takes place.

For those who need to get up to speed on this project, that page also has links to past PPSP posts reporting on previous project activity.

A lot of community conversation about this project is expected over the next several months. I encourage all Poky Pedalers to stay informed and take advantage of opportunities to voice your opinions. The quality of bicycle infrastructure that gets built on the Division/Church corridor will largely depend on Poky Pedalers, who comprise a vast majority of our community, deciding to make ourselves heard.

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