Complete streets are streets for everyone. The TPO supports local governments in planning for and creating complete streets.
COMPLETE STREETS CONSORTIUM
TPO staff recently wrote a successful application for our region to participate in the first ever Complete Streets Consortium. The consortium members — including staff from the Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville regions — received support on complete streets implementation from the National Complete Streets Coalition. A Knoxville workshop focused on the city’s North Broadway corridor, as well as on improving coordination among the various agencies and departments working on traffic safety.
Strong policies are one way to foster the creation of complete streets. A complete street policy typically requires that all transportation projects create and maintain safe places for people to walk, bicycle and access transit.
Examples of strong policies that impact our region include:
- The City of Knoxville adopted a complete streets policy in 2014, following passage of a complete streets resolution in 2009.
- The TPO’s Accommodation Policy was adopted as part of its 2009 Regional Bicycle Plan.
- The Tennessee Department of Transportation
- The Federal Highway Administration provides information on the accommodation of pedestrians and bicyclists on federally funded projects.
The TPO created Complete Streets Design Guidelines for our region in 2009, to help local governments retrofit streets, especially major arterials, as complete streets. The same planning process produced retrofit recommendation for two corridors in the region: the Hall Road /Washington Street corridor in Alcoa and Maryville; and the Broadway corridor in the Fountain City neighborhood of Knoxville.
A key component of creating complete streets is understanding where crashes occur and the factors that contribute to them. See this page [link to crash page] for more information on crashes in our region involving people walking and bicycling.
Complete Streets Design GuidelinesThese Guidelines are intended to ensure a process that clearly, consistently, and comprehensively considers the needs of motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists when planning and designing streets. All street designs should be evaluated in terms of how they serve and affect all potential user groups
Study: Broadway Corridor in Fountain CityThe section of Broadway that is the focus of this study
begins just north of I-640 at Old Broadway and ends at Colonial Circle. This stretch, which also known as US 441 and SR 33, runs through the heart of the Fountain City neighborhood and is considered the community’s Main Street. One of Knoxville’s rst streetcar suburbs at the turn of the twentieth century, Fountain City and Broadway were once predominantly pedestrian-oriented places.
Study: Hall Road/Washington Street CorridorThe section of Hall Road and Washington Street that is the focus of this study is located where the Cities of Alcoa and Maryville meet, beginning at Lincoln Road near the historic Bassell community and ending at US 321/Lamar Alexander Parkway near Maryville College. This approximately one-mile-long corridor was chosen because of its mix of complementary land uses, such as the Maryville/Alcoa Greenway, downtown Maryville, Maryville College and surrounding commercial and residential uses, coupled with the lack of accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists.
For more information or to provide comments on complete streets: