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Hastings Way Redesign Update!

Submitted by Editor on August 11, 2010 – 7:05 pm | Print or Email »No Comment

SEH Inc., the company doing the redesign and eventual reconstruction of Hastings Way, has assembled the comments and ideas from last June’s public input meeting and boiled it all down into a PowerPoint presentation you can download here. (The actual file is a PDF, which most people can read.)

They also scheduled the next public meeting for Thursday, September 9 (5-7pm), once again at Regis High School in the cafeteria. Details. At the meeting, SEH is to present a range of design alternatives covering lane width, general safety, aesthetics, multimodal use (bike and pedestrian paths), as well as “long-term land use and redevelopment options.” And, they’ll be asking for public input on the ideas, so it’s important to show up and say what you think!

In case you don’t know, the Hastings Way redesign will cover the stretch of “Old 53” that runs from Clairemont Avenue to the Eau Claire River. Since the rerouting of Highway 53 a few years ago, traffic on that road has been reduced by about 50 percent. Yet the size of the roadway and the remaining car traffic – when coupled with a lack of bike and pedestrian pathways – place it in discord with the Eastside Hill Neighborhood and businesses.

The Hastings Way reconstruction project could be one of the most important issues facing the Eastside Hill in years. This is our chance to fix that giant concrete river bordering the neighborhood, dividing us from the businesses on the other side, creating an intimidating and dangerous rift, inhospitable to pedestrian and bike traffic. This is our chance to remake it into something we’re proud of. Please attend the meeting and speak your mind!

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