Webinars: 2013 Year in Review


Q & A: When Main Street is a State Highway

Resources: When Main Street is a State Highway

By: Alison Berry

Date: Nov, 26 2013

November's webinar featured Jim Charlier and Vickie Jacobsen from Charlier Associates discussing "When Main Street is a State Highway." Here are some of the resources they referenced to help communities trying to find solutions to conflicts that arise when the heart of town is also a major thoroughfare: From the Federal Highway Administration:

  • Flexibility in Highway Design - This guide is about designing highways that incorporate community values and are safe, efficient, effective mechanisms for the movement of people and goods.
  • Context Sensitive Solutions - Case studies and other resources of collaborative, interdisciplinary approaches to provide transportation facilities that fit their setting. (also check out
  • US DOT Policy Statement on Bicycle and Pedestrian Accomodation - The Department of Transportation (DOT) encourages transportation agencies to go beyond the minimum bicycle and pedestrian requirements, and proactively provide convenient, safe, and context-sensitive facilities that foster a variety of transportation modes.

From State Departments of Transportation:

  • Smart Transportation Guidebook (New Jersey & Pennsylvania Departments of Transportation) - Planning and designing highways and streets that support sustainable and livable communities.
  • When Main Street is a State Highway (Maryland Department of Transportation) - This handbook guides community representatives and State Highway Administration Staff through a step-by-step, comprehensive process that will allow them to identify and achieve community goals.
  • State Highways as Main Streets: A Study of Community Design and Visioning  (Washington State Department of Transportation) - This study focuses on context-sensitive community-based design as a measure to avoid costly mistakes where state highways also act as community mainstreets.
  • Main Street...When a Highway Runs Through It (Oregon Department of Transportation) - This handbook describes the many tools available to identify the problems and figure out good solutions for main streets that are also state highways.
  • California Complete Streets Program (California Department of Transportation) - An example of a program designed to provide transportation options, reduce congestion, and create walkable communities.
  • North Carolina Complete Streets Program (North Carolina Department of Transportation) - Policy that directs the Department of Transportation to consider and incorporate several modes of transportation when building new projects or making improvements to existing infrastructure.

From local and non-government organizations:

  • Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares (Congress for the New Urbanism and the Institute of Transportation Engineers) - This manual acts as a how-to document that illustrates best practices for the creation and implementation of walkable, mixed-use streets.
  • Saint Louis Great Streets Initiative - works to trigger economic and social benefits by centering communities around attractive streets that serve all modes of transportation.

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