February 5, 2013 Public Hearing Results
City Council Alderman commented on the proposed Vermilion Street Concept tonight. Opinions varied, but it appears the majority approve of the overall plan, but do not favor a landscaped median between Harrison and Seminary. Some voiced support for a paved median. The project has been narrowed to two alternatives, please give the City Council feedback on your preference by contacting your Alderman directly or by filling out the comment form below:
Final Public Hearing February 5, 2013
The concept plan has been revised based upon comments received at the January 15th public meeting and from online input. Parking on Vermilion will be maintained on both sides at the Federal Court house meaning the bike lanes will merge with traffic in the block between Harrison and Madison. Doing so will make for a nice transition into and out of the downtown area. Parking capacity was also increased on the west side of Vermilion just north of Seminary.
A public hearing will be held during the City Council meeting on February 5 to discuss the changes to the concept plan. Audience comments are welcome.
Public Meeting January 15, 2013
The concpet plan will be presented and discussed publically prior to and after the City Council meeting on Tuesday January 15th. The meetings will be in the community room in the lower floor of the Danville Municipal Building at Walnut and Main. The first session will be from 4:30 to 5:50 PM. If you are unable to attend that one, another session will be held from 7:45 to 9:00 PM. Drawings and comment forms will be at the meeting. Staff will be available to answer questions and provide information.
Concept Plan December 2012
As can be expected, there are numerous opinions on what should be done when we improve Vermilion Street. Opinions range from do nothing to the most extreme of changes. Based upon the comments and the observed usage of Vermilion Street, a first overall concept plan has been created for consideration and to be discussed publically. Starting from Fairchild and heading south to downtown:
Fairchild to Davis: 4 lanes of traffic with two 5' shoulders that could be used for bicycles
Davis to Williams: Changing from 4 lanes of traffic to 3 at Williams.
Williams to Seminary: 3 lanes of traffic (one center turn lane), two 5' shoulders that could be used for bicycles, 1 parking lane that switches sides to accomodate observed use.
Seminary to Harrison: 2 lanes of traffic with a center landscaped median, two 5' shoulders that could be used for bicycles, 1 parking lane on the west side of Vermilion.
Intersections: Having 3 lanes of traffic at Williams and Seminary will help improve the turning movements at those intersections by having wider dedicated left turn lanes and wider combination right/thru lanes. There is enough room to offset the opposing left turn lanes slightly so that left turners can more easily see oncoming traffic.
To see the concept plan in detail, download the file. You can also send in another comment form, below.
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Vermilion Street Corridor, How to Participate
Besides contacting your Alderman or sending us a letter, you can also submit the Comment Form below or join the public forum on our Facebook page for the project. Just click the Facebook link and it will take you to the page to comment or enter the discussion. For more information and downloads, scroll down the page.
Vermilion Street is scheduled for resurfacing between Harrision and Fairchild. There are currently 4 travel lanes with parking allowed on each side. With Vermilion only being 53' wide, that creates very narrow travel lanes and two full size vehicles side by side have difficulty fitting, especially when there are parked cars.
5 alternatives were presented to the Public Works committee at the July meeting that create wider lane widths. Since then, 1 more has been added. Click on the image to the right or here to download a PDF of the concept cross sections.
Alternates A and B keep 4 lanes of travel. "A" keeps parking on 1 side only and "B" replaces parking with two bicycle lanes. Adding bicycle lanes is being considered as part of the MOVE! Danville project.
Alternates C, D, and E have 3 travel lanes, two thru and one center turn lane. This configuration is similar to Fairchild between Jackson and Bowman. C, D, and E have different variations of parking and bicycle facilities.
Alternates C-L, D-L, E-L are the same as C, D, and E except the center turn lane is replaced with a landscaped median that would allow for turn lanes at intersections.
Your input and opinions are important. Please fill out the comment form and submit for the record and/or enter the discussion on the Facebook page. We appreciate your interest.