Past uses on the site(s) including the school and community center have always generated traffic to/from this area, and any future use will do so as well (a church that also placed a bid on the land was considering hosting festivals for its 3,000 members!). Regarding the site design, placing Senior Housing to the north of Highway 8 will reduce trips to and from this area as opposed to other housing options. Data shows that seniors typically generate fewer trips per day when compared to other age groups.
Historically, Old Highway 8 has carried 10,000 vehicles per day, with half of those vehicles using 8th Avenue for access to local neighborhoods and/or the freeway. Solutions being implemented to address both current and future traffic levels include:
- Installation of a controlled intersection at Old Highway 8 and 8th Avenue. This new stop light, in conjunction with the existing controlled intersection at 10th Street, will allow traffic engineers to ensure there are gaps in traffic along 8th Avenue to allow for easier and safer ingress/egress.
- Further improvements to 8th Avenue will include curb bump-outs at intersections (to slow traffic and reduce crossing distances) to directly address the safety and access concerns of the neighborhood.