As Bend continues to grow, Galveston improvements will create a safe and convenient multimodal network which supports a livable community.
Galveston Avenue is a bustling corridor, lined with many popular businesses for locals and visitors. But the aging street, lack of parking and inadequate facilities for people who bike and walk can cause traffic delays and create potentially hazardous conditions for the traveling public.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The City of Bend is addressing these and other issues with the Galveston Corridor Project, a comprehensive redesign of the street that was approved by City Council in September 2017. These improvements will help make Galveston a complete street, one that is designed, operated, and maintained to enable safe, convenient and comfortable travel and access for users of all ages and abilities regardless of their mode of transportation.
Galveston Corridor Design Concept
Click on the image above to download the corridor design document.
The design, now it its final stages, consists of improvements that work together to make Galveston Avenue a safer, more enjoyable place to travel.
Reconstructing and repaving aging and failing pavement sections.
BUFFERED BIKE LANES
Constructing five-foot-wide bike lane, with an additional two feet of space between the bike lane and vehicle lane.
Providing parking that is interspersed throughout the corridor (located where there is not landscaping or rain gardens or driveways).
SIDEWALK AND PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS
Adding eight-foot sidewalks, striped pedestrian crossings.
Constructing a buffer strip between the sidewalk and road and rain gardens for stormwater treatment (located where there is no on-street parking).
Lighting to increase safety for walkers and enhance their visibility in street crossings.
Adding facilities that treat surface water before it flows into the Deschutes River.
ADA (AMERICAN DISABILITIES ACT) UPGRADES
Making compliant upgrades to pedestrian facilities to ensure that users of all abilities can safely and comfortable navigate the corridor.
Replacing aging water lines, upgrading transit stop facilities, etc.
HOW DID WE GET HERE?
The final design is the result of substantial public involvement efforts and consideration from a community task force, businesses and residents along Galveston Avenue, neighborhood associations, the general public and City Technical Safety Advisory Committee.
Existing Cross Section
Proposed Cross Section
During the conceptual design of the Galveston Corridor, the Technical Safety Advisory Committee developed a goal to make Galveston Avenue a more complete street by enhancing roadway safety and encouraging non-motorized vehicle travel, while meeting environmental quality goals of the community and minimizing maintenance costs. It also developed a goal to make the corridor a more attractive place to live and travel, be environmentally sensitive and create a setting that is prosperous for business while striving to minimize neighborhood impacts.
In July 2015, City Staff and the Committee presented its improvement concept recommendation for NW Galveston Avenue to City Council. City Council approved the recommended three-lane option with minimal median treatment and authorized staff to proceed the project to 30-percent design. In September 2017, the 30-percent design was again approved by City Council, allowing the project team to proceed with final design.
The project team expects to complete the design near the end of 2018 The project team is coordinating with redevelopment efforts along Galveston Avenue to ensure new improvements will be constructed according to the project’s design standards. Coordinating redevelopment efforts reduces the city’s project costs and makes the most efficient use of city funds.