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Transforming Forest Avenue - Public Meeting Tomorrow

Transforming Forest Avenue

Public invited to help the city improve busy section of a major arterial

What:   Tomorrow, the City of Portland and members of the Transforming Forest Avenue Public Advisory Committee will host a walk of Forest Avenue between Park Avenue and Woodford’s Corner followed by a public meeting to discuss issues and challenges faced by local businesses, residents, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists along this busy roadway. Forest Avenue is a critical transportation and development corridor linking the peninsula with I-295 and the city’s downtown with off-peninsula neighborhood centers with the section between Park Avenue and Woodford’s Corner home to a wide variety of uses including the University of Southern Maine, Oakhurst Dairy, the city’s largest grocery story and attractive residential neighborhoods. Over time, auto-oriented land uses have begun to impact and change the character of the area. Pedestrian, bicycle and bus accessibility have been diminished by vehicle speed, congestion and a lack of pedestrian amenities and parking have impacted business viability and residential use.

Funded by a $100,000 Federal Highway Administration grant administered by the Portland Area Transportation System (PACTS), the city, along with our partners, a consulting team and the committee will study and develop a design of this roadway that provides functional and safe pedestrian, bicycle, bus and motorist access that promotes business and residential activity.

For more information about the committee and the study, visit the city’s website at http://www.portlandmaine.gov/forestave.htm.

When: May 12, 2011

4:30 PM - Site walk starting in front of the Glickman Library on Forest Avenue

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Public Meeting

 Where: USM Abromson Center. Room 109/110. Bedford Street, Portland

 

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