Amy Hoag, Newport Resident, expresses her concerns with proposed parking changes.

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The city will hold a public parking workshop on Thursday, March 20th at 6:30 pm in the community room at the police station to review the proposed sticker parking changes.  If you are not able to attend but would like to make comment, please email the city councilors whose contact information is listed below.

Last week at the city council meeting, the council received a report recommending expanding the Residential Parking Program (sticker parking) to include high density areas, areas with little to no off-street parking, and residential areas in mixed use or near major tourist sections of Newport; this change would eliminate the petition process for the proposed streets.  The streets proposed for inclusion in the Residential Parking Program include:

All roads west of Broadway up to A-1 Pizza and west to Van Zandt Ave. Southern end is Farewell Street and Thames down to Bucci’s liquor.

Everything north of Touro street between Kay and Broadway all the way up to Rhode Island Ave.

Warner, Broadway, and Marcus Wheatland are not restricted.

This directly impacts our neighborhood and has been a topic of discussion in our meetings regularly. Congdon Ave petitioned for and received sticker parking last year and neighboring streets have shown an interest in doing so. Rather than having a domino effect and dealing with petitions on a street by street basis, the report recommends extending the residential parking program (sticker parking) to our neighborhood as parking has become difficult for residents with the influx of traffic to the Broadway businesses.

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The report  also recommends metered parking on Broadway from Washington Square to the police station.  One question that has been posed to me directly is whether or not meters should go further north and stop at Dunkin Donuts.

Please do take the time to provide your thoughts and comments either directly to our city councilors, through the workshop or through OBNA.

Please see attached for the report and a map.

Thanks, Amy

 

 

 

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Newport This Week writes: “Online Survey Solicits Residents’ Opinions”

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http://www.newport-now.com/articles/online-survey-solicits-residents%27-opinions/

December 28, 2012  – By Meg O’Neil

The community-interest group Alliance for a Livable Newport has announced that it will conduct monthly email and Facebook surveys to get feedback on what’s going on in the city, including several major projects that will affect residents of Aquidneck Island. Anyone, from any town, who accesses the group’s website or Facebook page online can respond to the surveys.

Approximately 90 people responded to the first survey, which contained three questions – about the proposed tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge, the Broadway improvement construction slated for 2013, and the wind turbine ordinance recently passed by the Newport City Council. Only the toll question requested a “Yes” or “No”  response; the other two questions solicited comments only.

One of the biggest local issues of 2012 has been the prospect of Sakonnet River Bridge tolls. After the state Department of Transportation turned over responsibility for the Sakonnet River and Jamestown bridges to the state Turnpike & Bridge Authority, the Authority announced that in order to maintain Aquidneck Island’s four-bridge system (including the Pell and Mount Hope Bridges), it would have to either raise the toll on the Pell Bridge to $5 or add new tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge.

Public outcry from residents of Portsmouth, Tiverton, Bristol, and Little Compton led to a 20,000-signature petition against the tolls, and several public forums were held where many residents and business owners spoke out against the tolls.

According to the results of the Alliance survey, 39.5 percent of those who responded were in favor of the tolls, while 54.1 percent were opposed, and 6.2 percent had no response.

Another survey question pertained to plans for the reconstruction and redesign of lower Broadway. Recently presented at a Newport City Council workshop, the project would be done during the summer of 2013. The survey question read: “Will it be worth the turmoil in a major commercial district over the busy 2013 summer tourist season to keep within the project timetable? If the project is suspended over the summer months to permit greater access to businesses and ease traffic congestion, the project costs increase and therefore would not be completed until 2014.”

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Survey Responses Question #2 Broadway Construction

Alliance for a Livable Newport December 2012  Survey Results
Survey Name: 3 Questions – 3 Minutes
Dec 26, 2012 8:20:14 PM

 PLEASE COMMENT BELOW!

2.  At a recent Newport City Council workshop, the reconstruction and redesign of lower Broadway was presented. Turns out the project will be “long and messy.” An aggressive timetable would complete the work in a little over a year but the Broadway Business District streets would be torn up for the entire summer of 2013. 

Will it be worth the turmoil in a major commercial district over the busy 2013 summer tourist season to keep within the project timetable? 

If the project is suspended over the summer months (2013) to permit greater access to businesses and ease traffic congestion the project costs increase and therefore would not be completed until 2014.   – Responses

Answer
0 Suspend it.
1 I don’t think tourists have found this major commercial district. Rip off the band-aid, fix this area, and be done with it.
2 GET IT DONE!
3 I am in favor of the construction being completed in the shortest amount of time within the current budget. I feel that the city and construction crews can minimize the disruption to local businesses with careful planning and communications. I look forward to a new, improved Broadway before I have to replace the shocks on my Jeep!
4 Fine with either working through summer or braking and finishing 2014. I would leave the decision up to the business owners of lower Broadway
5 suspend the project during the summer – give the businesses a chance to recoup during the summer months.
6 Any mess and tear up in summer is bad for the city, for tourism and residents alike.  Do it in off season.
7 Sadly, I do not know the details but believe that disrupting a major thoroughfare during peak months is absurd.
8 I support suspending work for the summer of 2013.
9 Let’s get it done. Rather than dragging on the work we can just bite the bullet and move on the overall improvement of the town. Although I go there a lot of thought of generally attractive area just now so the sooner it’s improved the better
10 no, not worth it
11 no
12 Businesses on Broadway would suffer too greatly by having the street torn up for an entire summer. As with many projects in Newport there hasn’t been sufficient impact planning. Take, for instance, the new traffic lights at Bellevue & Memorial. At first blush it seemed a good idea but lack of impact planning has created a new nightmare.
13 No> I worry about the businesses. When they did Washington Square it was a mess and really affected businesses like Yesterdays.
14 Yes do the work with doing the summer recess of construction activities
15 The city must do all it can to balance the desire for quick completion with the needs of the businesses to make their money during our short summer season.  Let’s consider some alternatives, e.g. Staggered work areas, off-hours construction work, flexible parking regulations on side streets, protected pedestrian walkways through construction areas.
16 no
17 This question should be asked of the owners of businesses along Broadway.  While I may have an opinion, their’s is the most important one.
18 Everyone has been complaining to get lower Broadway updated.You now have the chance so do it all and get it over with. Tired of people complaining about everything! Finally a chance to get your complainants filled and know your complaining about when it’s going to be fixed! Shut up and let the work get done!
19 Relocate the “wet shelter” at Washington Square and turn the building into a parking garage!!!
20 Who will pay for this?  Will it increase prices in Newport???? Honestly,  consequences need to be evaluated which is currently very short sighted on this Island and elsewhere.A
21 The city to should do everything it can to NOT interfere with businesses during the busy summer tourist season.  It’s been hard enough in this economy for small, local businesses to prosper.  Don’t make it any harder than necessary.
As residents of Broadway, we rely on on-street parking – we do not have a driveway. Keep disruption to a min
22 I do not think it makes sense to do a major construction project on Broadway during the summer months. The surrounding streets cannot handle the traffic. Extend the project to 2014 but get started ASAP this spring!
23 No.  Let them do it as fast as they can.  This is not a tourist area and the businesses will likely be kept open duing construction.  There are many ways to mitigate construction impacts.
24 Yes
25 Tax revenue collected during the summer season should make up the difference of the suspension. We need to ensure hat many tourists come and facilitate their spending.
26 How late in 2014 for completion if work suspended in summer 2013? If December, then work through the summer; if January, suspend work.
27 RE Sakonnet: tolls are necessary BUT they should not be higher for out of state transponders, and cash payments should be kept low, maybe a dollar a crossing, otherwise its punitive and defies fariness and common sense
RE Broadway: Go for the extended schedule to protect the businesses
28 Poor grammar, the project “will not be completed until 2014” because “the project costs increase”. I am disappointed in you showing your biase in the phrasing of the question.  I had thought you above that.
29 Just get on with it and get it done.
30 I agree that suspending road work for the summer would be worth the extra investment. Many businesses on Broadway are struggling, whether they are new and trying to get established or older and trying to stay afloat. They don’t need the additional pressure of losing an entire season of income and business, and neither does our tax revenue.
31 Yes they should go ahead as proposed. There are always delays and postponements and stretching it out won’t facilitate the project.
32 The”turmoil” should be judged by the by the business owners.  The inconvenience will be the same length of time but business owners might be able to “optimize” the schedule.
33 Newport needs the tourists. Do not do anything during the high tourist season to make Tourists frustrated.  Hope the project has been well planned to truly make a difference.
34 I favor doing as much as possible, then suspending for July and August only.
35 The outcome will be worth the added disruptions that the accelerated timeline will cause.
36 Yes
37 DOT was able to widen and improve the roads in downtown Bristol this year with some disruption to business. They kept everyone informed, posted ‘open 4 biz’ signs and changed direction patterns for awhile. Now everything is in place. It worked in Bristol, it can work in Newport. Just make sure they ADD parking spots not take them away!
38 Job must be done. Road condition is poor. With proper planning disruption s/b minimal.
39 I believe the plan should be as efficiently coordinated as possible with clear communication with business owners and a phased implementation that minimizes disruptions to pedestrian traffic. Perhaps a tax break should be offered to effected businesses as well.
40 I would opt for the more aggressive timetable but also doing everything possible to provide access to the Broadway businesses.
41 suspend during summer or make west broadway more user friendly
42 suspend over summer
43 yes. It’s about  time.
44 No “turmoil” is necessary… (other than the heretofore unresolved ‘Proper’ Traffic Flow) Now, is certainly the time to forever Fix the ‘problem’… First & foremost… Please, please direct All ‘Tourists’ coming down Spring St (AT St. Church)… to take either a Left or a Right… (up &/or down Memorial Blvd) to the Pell Bridge &/or Rts 114 or 138
45 Yes, rip it up please, lower Broadway is a mess. How can the roads in Newport be as bad as they are? Also I would like to thank whoever re-striped memorial and removed the old stripes with a grinder so the once pristine newly paved road can have tons of potholes after the winter, yea!
46 It should be done in manageable sections…well planned…well controlled…well thought-out! If that takes an extra 6 months, so be it!
47 Just get it done!
48 suspend the work over the summer
49 SUGGEST THE LONGER PROJECT, but do not know the cost difference.
50 ss
51 probably worth waiting until 2014
52 no
53 suspend over the summer months
54 Let’s get it done as soon as possible. I’d like to see what the alternative routing will be, however.
55 The answer to that question may lie with the RIDOT schedule, TIP funding deadlines, costs and contractual issues.  I’m assuming the City doesn’t want to disturb the summer months either and must have explored other options.
56 yes to 2013 summer construction
57 Delay the project to the extent we are confident that the costs to local business owners would be beyond negligible.  It’s better that all citizens bear the extra cost than to ask local businesses to do so unless it can be demonstrated that they will receive “extra” profit from the repaving of Broadway.
58 I am in favor of moving ahead with the project and not suspending during the summer.
59 If the extra cost isn’t too bad,  I would support suspending the project. Why not start mid August next year (most tourists are gone by then) and try to finish before July 4 weekend.  I think the merchants who depend on summer traffic should have a major say in this. Leaving 1st question blank-no room for statewide tax to cover it vs just locals.
60 I think it is necessary to suspend the work over the summer. The businesses on Washington Square have already had their summer season disrupted twice recently. In particular, I am concerned about the impact on Yesterdays, a restaurant that has been a local favorite for years. How many summers can you take away from them with construction – really??
61 just get it done now
62 Yes, it will be a great improvement for the long range.
63 I doubt if most of the small businesses on Broadway could sustain a loss of summer 2013 revenues – some locals might walk over to the restaurants or salons but the tourist dollars would likely be lost
64 Get it over with Work thru summer months
65 keep to the planned timetable and do not suspend.    otherwise, it will doubtless be even longer than estimated time and could run over into a second summer!!!    creative managing should be able to reduce limited access to businesses/restaurants and allow shifting the burden evenly.
66 I favor suspending the project over the summer of 2013.
67 Before answering the question, it would seems that the working assumption that very little of the pre-work could be done that would necessitate the total disruptive summer of 2013.
That being true, the traffic would be very trying and it would hurt business. Winter 2013-14 seems preferable.
68 I think there is never a good time to do a project like this. I have always thought of Broadway as the “locals” street and locals will know how to avoid any problems.
69 Yes, get it done soooner rather than later and minimize the possiblitiy of it never being completed. People will get used to going about their business during construction.
70 do it now  Provide free parking and shuttle service to broadway.  Better yet have trolleys doing a loop.   Eliminate the parking on one side while project is being done.
71 I believe only those individuals located in the work zone, with private,  for profit businesses should be asked for comments.
72 Re Q 1, can’t answer Y/N. Depends what the viable options for funding RI bridges and other travel improvements are. In general, user-fee approach with breaks for low-income drivers makes sense.
Re Q 2, need to clarify what are the aims of the Broadway re-do, and what are the options?
73 Stretch out the project’s timetable in favor of less traffic turmoil during the summer.
74 The area is at least half a century behind. Get on with it!
75 Keep the project going through the summer and provide signs directing people to park at the Gateway Center and walk to the businesses.
76 What is needed here?  I don’t know enough about this project to say, except to ask if the businesses there want the reconstruction, and if it is necessary.
77 I did not attend the workshop.  I don’t have sufficient information about the project, the projected costs of the project, details of disruption to daily life and commerce, additional costs involved in suspending project for the summer, nor how thoroughly these issues have been examined, so not qualified to answer this question.
78 I haven’t been able to find information on what they are proposing – only comments or updates that assume I should know what the plan is.  I think it’s important to keep traffic flowing in the summer, even if it delays the final completion.
79 The businesses should be protected and construction should not continue through the summer.
80 It will be worth it, if effective, well marked  detour routes and signs directing people to open businesses are provided.  Consider temporary parking due to lost street parking — perhaps St. Joseph’s lot when the church isn’t using it and after school is out. Mann St. from Bdwy to Central could be temporarily 2-way for easier access to that lot.
81 My business went through the rehab of lower Thames Street (from post office to Dean Ave). The project took much longer than expected because of decayed water pipes and the like.  Lost a summers worth of  usual income The City needs to come up with another plan ( perhaps night construction, this would require less police supervision
82 How much are project costs increased if split into two phases?  I think this question should be answered/estimated in order to make a decision.
83 I am in favor of recommendations, but businesses have to be protected in the summer.
84 The planned reconstruction is completely unnecessary. There is no way any work should be carried on during June, July, August or September. Having people back into angled parking is a very bad idea.
85 In these hard economic times any pressure on the consumer to make their buying/ dining more difficult is reason for them not to visit. The work should be suspended during the summer or find a more aggressive work crew that can get the job done from November through June.  Newport and shop owners need to make it easy on the consumer.
86 YES Please do it..I dread going up that road..so does everyone coming into town
87 yes it would be worth suspending the project during the summer months.

Survey Results – December 2012 “3 Questions, 3 Minutes”

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Greetings!

You have a voice in the community!  We want to hear from you about the important issues and concerns affecting our quality of life in Newport. Beginning this month, and each month in 2013, we will ask for your input and feedback with a simple survey of issues selected by the Board of Directors of The Alliance for a Livable Newport. We will also share the results of the survey and publish them online.  Do you have additional questions, concerns or suggestions? Please let us know!

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Thank you for participating in this month’s survey! We really appreciate your feedback. Please be sure and visit our Facebook page where you can also post your comments!  We will be announcing exciting new Public Forums for 2013 soon, so stay connected, engaged and informed with The Alliance for A Livable Newport on our website: http://newportalliance.org/.
*Please share this survey with your neighbors! We’d like to hear from as many Newport residents as possible and are actively seeking greater participation and new members!
Sincerely,

Ronald Becker, Treasurer

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No Back-In Parking for Broadway Streetscape Project

The Newport City Council voted to receive a recommendation from City Manager Jane Howington to keep parking in the Broadway Streetscape Project front-in angle parking during Wednesday night’s meeting.

City staff conducted a feasibility investigation on implementing back-in angle parking. A report, provided by the Louis Berger Group, recommended that parking should remain as initially designed for several reasons.

Broadway Street constuctionAccording to the report, there have only been an average of 2.5 angle  parking accidents on Broadway. The report also cited public resistance to back-in parking, especially from the elderly, could be problematic.

Instances from Brunswick, ME and Plattsburg, NY, were also cited in the report, where communities adopted and later reversed back-in angle parking after negative publicity.

Confusion between traditional parking near Washington Square was also a concern.

A redesign of the Broadway Streetscape Project to incorporate back-in parking was estimated at about $49,500 in additional costs.  Modifications required in the redesign included changes to the roadway design, landscaping design, street lighting  and utility design, storm water design and traffic design.

Regarding scheduling implications, the redesign would have required four weeks  to implement the changes.

Bari George, of Bike Newport, told the city council despite the concerns, she hoped the city would consider back-in parking should a new opportunity arise.

The benefits of back-in parking have been substantial enough around the country to have gained acceptance and the city should be prepared to consider the method, she said.

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