2018 Road Resurfacing
Roads must be resurfaced periodically in order to maintain them (fix cracks, wear, potholes, etc.). During this process, the entire roadway is stripped of all of its striping, a new layer of asphalt is applied, and stripes are reapplied to direct traffic movement.
This is a opportune time to redesign the street to better accommodate different transportation modes (pedestrian, car, bicycle, transit). While changing the road width is beyond the scope of resurfacing, a road diet can sometimes make a street safer for all transportation modes and is easily implemented after resurfacing. Our Complete Streets Ordinance not only affirms the City’s intention to make our street network multimodal, but also specifically mentions resurfacing as a cost-effective time to implement Complete Streets. This is such an opportune time, in fact, that an entire FHWA guidebook is dedicated to installing bike lanes during road resurfacing.
Below are the remaining resurfacing projects for 2018 and BikePed Coordinator recommendations for them regarding the installation of sharrows or bike lanes (Figs. 1-2). Only Wards 4 and 5 are represented because other Wards were addressed in 2016 and 2017 for the 2016-2018 Sales Tax and Bond resurfacing projects. These recommendations are not policy. If you approve or disapprove of a specific recommendation, please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org and/or PublicWorks@littlerock.gov and make your voice heard. If you would like a rationale for a specific recommendation, please contact me email@example.com.
Figure 1. 2018 resurfacing projects in Ward 4 and BikePed Coordinator recommendations for bike facilities (green). I recommended that sharrows not be installed on Fairway Dr., even though the Master Bike Plan calls for them, because this short section would not make a connection. Instead, sharrows should be installed on entire corridors informed by the new Master Plan.
Figure 2. 2017 resurfacing projects in Ward 5 and BikePed Coordinator recommendations for bike facilities (green).