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September 20, 2018

Bath will look at ways to ease traffic congestion around BIW

Courtesy / Bath Iron Works
Courtesy / Bath Iron Works
The city of Bath, working with the Maine Department of Transportation and Bath Iron Works, will conduct a study of traffic conditions on the south end, near BIW.

The city of Bath will look at ways to ease traffic related to Bath Iron Works.

Along with Maine Department of Transportation and Bath Iron Works, the city will conduct a study of traffic conditions on the south end.

The study "is a response to changes in traffic patterns associated with the shipyard's workforce, creating large volumes of vehicles coming and going, increasing pressures on parking, and contributing to vehicle speeds not in line with pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods," according to the city's website.

It will focus on improving the safety of pedestrians, reducing the impact of vehicular traffic on neighborhood streets, and identifying strategies that will improve the availability of parking and/or reduce parking demand.

"A significant number of pedestrians walk along the Washington Street corridor and between off-site BIW parking and the main productions area. This has led to conflicts between the needs of pedestrians and those of motor vehicles," the document says.

The need for more parking has been accelerated by new development in Bath's Historic Downtown, as previous parking lots have transitioned into new uses.

The city is holding a public meeting on the South End Transportation Study Thursday, Sept. 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at City Hall.

Traffic issues to be studied

Data will be collected to find methods to address the following challenges:

  • How can motor vehicle movements be made safer and more efficient? The study will assess potential changes in infrastructure and city policies.
  • What opportunities exist to create additional parking?
  • What is the best way to create a balance between neighborhoods and employee parking needs?
  • Examples of data to be gathered and updated are:
  • Intersection turning movement counts
  • Traffic counts
  • Bicycle and pedestrian volumes
  • Truck volumes and patterns
  • Geometric roadway conditions including width
  • Transit and BIW vans and buses
  • On- and off-street parking supply and regulations
  • Current business types and other non-single family uses and their locations
  • Seasonal traffic volume information
  • Public right of way information
  • Speed data
  • Crash data for the most recent three-year period
  • Parking capacity in areas not identified by parking signage
  • Regulatory signage and pavement markings
  • Sidewalks and crosswalks (including ADA compliance, material, condition and width)
  • Bicycle facilities
  • Traffic signal equipment, phasing and timing

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