Last week USDOT's FHWA issued new guidance regarding bikeway development with resurfacing projects, and encourages the practice to be commonplace. The guide provides Lee County jurisdictions with useful case studies and best practices for how to reinvent the resurfacing process so that bike/ped facilities can be integrated into their resurfacing program. As jurisdictions continue the journey to implement their adopted complete streets policies, we hope that they will focus on implementing this important and cost-effective recommendation.
Report by Darla Letourneau
On March 7, 2016, FHWA issued a report entitled "Incorporating On-Road Bicycle Networks into Resurfacing Projects" This workbook provides recommendations for how roadway agencies can integrate bikeways into their resurfacing program. By installing bicycle facilities during resurfacing projects, agencies can create connected networks of bicycle facilities in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
The report's press release states, "FHWA supports a flexible approach to roadway design that can allow the installation of bicycle facilities on many roadways when they are resurfaced. There should be continued education targeted at design practitioners to emphasize the flexibility that exists within current design guidance, and the strong support of FHWA for using this flexibility to create connected bicycle networks everywhere. These connected bicycle networks provide increased transportation options, enhance access to jobs, schools, and essential services, and increase the utility of our existing transportation network. Providing bicycle facilities when resurfacing roadways is one tool that cities, counties, and States can use to expand their bikeway networks."
Link to Report: Incorporating On-Road Bicycle Networks into Resurfacing Projects