Thank you all for coming out to tonight’s meeting on such short notice. While the events that led up to the meeting were certainly less than ideal, I am hopeful that we can use this experience as a case study to reinforce better communication and planning processes moving forward. I also appreciate the City’s willingness to recognize the scope of the problem and take immediate steps to help fix the situation.
Below, I hope I have captured the various next steps that we outlined this evening. If you notice an error, please let me know and I will be sure to update.
Immediate Short-Term Action Items:
1) Updated press release which does not include Hanover Street as an alternate route has been sent to media contacts and posted online by City DOT. Any subsequent inquires into Russell Street lane restrictions will not include Hanover Street as a recommended alternative route.
2) City DOT will assess feasibility of pedestrian enhancements at and around crosswalks along Hanover Street to deter reckless driving. Improvements will be moderate in scope and focused on quick fixes with high visibility but low cost (including potential review of 4-way stop at Wells St & S Charles, and installation of electric poles at each corner of major Hanover St intersections, both as may be feasible).
3) City DOT will work with Baltimore Casino LDC team and local elected officials to streamline communications moving forward regarding any casino-related transportation construction projects.
4) City DOT leadership will discuss potential feasibility plans of front-loading costs associated with the South Baltimore Complete Streets study. City DOT leadership will report back findings of feasibility review within next two weeks.
5) Within next 2 weeks, City DOT will deploy new signage along Hanover Street to encourage use of Key Highway as a detour to Hanover Street where practicable.
6) City DOT will assess and engage upon minor street repair (pot holes / minor resurface) along Hanover Street to mitigate potential impact of increased traffic due to closure of Russell St.
Medium-Term Action Items:
1) DOT will begin process of issuing RFP for Complete Streets Study.
2) City DOT will complete traffic calming median on Hanover Street (Spring 2014).
3) City DOT will assess and recommend mitigation projects for issues of ingress and egress along Leadenhall intersections, specifically Cross/Leadenhall.
4) Senator Ferguson will request information from Stadium Authority as to funds that may be available for impact mitigation due to stadium traffic/congestion/disruption.
5) City DOT will consider Hanover Street for pilot deployment of Truck Height Violation cameras when feasible and when program is operational.
Long-Term Action Items:
** Finish South Baltimore Complete Streets study & begin implementation of highest priority study recommendations.