Chapin S-48 Columbia Ave Corridor Study Presentation

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					What is the S-48 Corridor?
Study Area
What’s Happened So Far?
Previous Tasks


 Project Initiation         June 2005

 Existing Conditions        Oct. 2005

 Planning Charrette         Nov. 2005

 Issues Identification      Dec. 2005

 Preliminary Alternatives   Feb. 2006
What Did We Discover?
Issues Identified

 Vehicular Travel Issues
     • Significant congestion during peak
       commuter hours
         S-48 serves as the primary
          connection between Chapin
          and I-26
     • Lack of parallel routes and minimal
       connectivity
     • “Bottleneck” at Chapin High School
     • Future failure of all intersections
     • Ninety-degree turn at western end of
       Columbia Avenue
What Did We Discover?
Issues Identified

 Vehicular Travel Issues
     • Through traffic at Chapin town
       center
     • Offset intersection of Peak and
       Clark Streets
     • Significant queuing where left
       turns are frequent
     • Difficult truck ingress/egress to
       Ellett Brothers
What Did We Discover?
Issues Identified

 Pedestrian & Bicycle Issues
     • Excessive travel speeds
     • Lack of sidewalks and connections
       between land uses
     • Minimal controlled
       pedestrian crossings
     • Vehicular disregard for pedestrian/bicycle
       right-of-way and safety
     • Lack of elements to designate a bicycle-
       friendly environment
What Did We Discover?
Issues Identified

 Transit Issues
     • SmartRide park-and-ride lot is
       limited by size and perceived
       safety
     • Lack of ped/bike connections
       between SmartRide park-and-
       ride lot and Town of Chapin
     • Absence of transit to majority
       of corridor
What Did We Discover?
Issues Identified

 Railroad Corridor Issues
     • Perpendicular intersection of
       S-48 and railroad
     • Queuing of westbound traffic
       waiting for trains creates difficult
       left-turn movement and traffic
       backups across rail line
     • Numerous at-grade rail crossings
     • Railroad corridor acts as barrier
What Did We Discover?
Issues Identified

 Land Use Issues
     • Large amount of vacant land with
       the potential to build out in a low
       density pattern
     • Grouped incompatible uses
     • Lack of design standards
     • Eroding community character
     • Existing development located in
       close proximity to roadway
What’s Being Considered?
Preliminary Alternatives – Vehicular Travel

 Dedicated turn lanes, traffic signals,
  and correction of geometric
  deficiencies at intersecting streets
 New, localized east/west linkages
 New circulation and connections
  within Chapin High School property
   Potential for Redesigned Circulation and Access at Chapin High School
What’s Being Considered?
Preliminary Alternatives – Vehicular Travel
What’s Being Considered?
Preliminary Alternatives – Vehicular Travel

 Widen S-48 to three lanes beginning at
  Chapin Road and transition to five lanes
 Construct northern and/or southern
  connector
 New interchange(s) with I-26 with
  appropriate roadway improvements
 What’s Being Considered?
 Preliminary Alternatives – Vehicular Travel




Potential for Connectors and Interchanges
What’s Being Considered?
Preliminary Alternatives – Pedestrian & Bicycle Travel

 Spot improvement or replacement
  of sidewalks and addition of ADA
  ramps
 High visibility crosswalks with
  limited ITS elements
 Pedestrian connections between
  land uses
 Sidewalks throughout corridor
 Bicycle lanes throughout corridor
 Streetscape improvements
What’s Being Considered?
Preliminary Alternatives – Transit

 Pedestrian and bicycle connections
  between park-and-ride, corridor, and
  town center
What’s Being Considered?
Preliminary Alternatives – Railroad Corridor

 Extend Columbia Avenue to St.
  Peter’s Church Road and grade
  separate crossing of railroad
What’s Being Considered?
Preliminary Alternatives – Vehicular Travel




Potential for Railroad Grade Separation
What’s Being Considered?
Preliminary Alternatives – Land Use

 Increase coordination between approval agencies
 Refine regs to encourage denser development with
  a mix of uses
 Street and sidewalk system plan
  and right-of-way dedication
  requirement
 Performance standards
  targeting improved multimodal
  access and interconnectivity
  of parcels
 Impact fees
What’s Next?
Schedule

 Further Refine and Develop Alternatives
 Develop Recommendations and
  Implementation Plan
 Public Information Meeting #3
  (April 2006)
 Issue S-48 Columbia Avenue Corridor
  Study Report (May 2006)
What are We Asking Tonight?
Your Continued Participation

 Give Feedback and Ask Questions Tonight
    • What do think about the Preliminary Alternatives?
 Fill Out a Comment Sheet Tonight
 Mail/Email/Fax Your Comments
    •   Phone: 376-5390 Fax: 376-5394
    •   Email: webmaster@centralmidlands.org
    •   Blog: www.centralmidlands.org/blog.asp
    •   Mail: 236 Stoneridge Drive, Columbia, SC 29210
                 Thank You for Your Participation
             in this Important and Exciting Project!

				
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