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Bath’s South End Transportation Study
The City of Bath is partnering with Bath Iron Works and the Maine Department of Transportation to find ways to reduce conflicts between vehicles and pedestrians in Bath’s South End neighborhood.
This transportation 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.
The study will focus on three key objectives: 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 need for more parking has been accelerated by new development in Bath’s Historic Downtown, as previous parking lots have transitioned into new uses.
Data will be collected to find methods to address the following challenges:
Hearing residents’ concerns and ideas is an important part of the study.
The first public meeting was held September 20 at Bath City Hall. This meeting provided an opportunity to hear an overview of the study, air residents’ concerns and answer questions. Public Meeting Presentation | Public Meeting Notes from Sept 20 Meeting
A second public meeting took place on January 31 at Bath City Hall where recommendations from the consultant were presented. The public input collected at this meeting will be used to determine a course of action for the project. Public Meeting Presentation | Public Meeting Notes from Jan 31 Meeting
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Not everyone is familiar with the information needed to identify solutions in a transportation study. Below are examples of data that will be gathered and updated: