Why is this project happening?

    This project will address known and developing issues along Mountain Avenue in downtown, such as missing sidewalks, pedestrian crossings, streetscape deficiencies, auto circulation, bicycle facility gaps, intersection functionality and curb-use demand (deliveries, on-demand pickups and drop-offs).

    How will this affect parking?

    It is a project intent to retain existing parking to the greatest extent possible. Any changes in parking will be a topic of discussion with all stakeholders.

    Will bike lanes be added to Mountain Avenue?

    The Mountain Avenue Reshaping process will be exploring ways to better incorporate bicycles to the Mountain Avenue corridor without disrupting business and transportation needs of the area.

    Will businesses be involved in the process?

    Yes. The process of exploring new concepts for Mountain Avenue will be inclusive of all stakeholders and the public. However, special attention will be given to the needs and perspectives of downtown businesses and property owners.

    When will we see changes to Mountain Avenue?

    Presently the City does not have capital improvement funds dedicated to improvements on Mountain Avenue. This project will identify opportunities for future improvements and provide a toolbox of possible changes from expensive streetscape design to less expensive smaller items that could be temporarily piloted before committing to permanent changes.

    Project Objectives

    • Create a design that supports all travel modes and maintains flexibility for future innovations.
    • Consider all current and future uses when creating a new design.
    • Engage stakeholders in design creation and decision making.
    • Design with the City's climate goals, equity, and inclusion in mind.
    • Continue the tradition of great design and beauty.
    • Ensure the design is safe and comfortable for all modes, especially those most vulnerable such as pedestrians and cyclists.
    • Use urban design to bolster economic recovery from COVID-19.