Transportation Alternatives Program & Safe Routes to School
Needham Connect Phase 2 Details
Total Construction Project Cost: $2.2 million Project Grant Funding: Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Grant $552,192 and Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Grant $350,000 Local Match Total (Half Cent Sales and Use Tax Fund): $1,297,808
The Needham Connect Phase 2 project was identified as a high priority project in the Multimodal Transportation Plan. The project will improve sidewalks, calm traffic and provide bicycle facilities along Columbine Dr between Cottonwood Dr and Clovis Dr. The project will focus on calming traffic and increasing the safety of school children accessing Needham Elementary School by improving the infrastructure. Enhancements will consist of removing the old and deteriorating sidewalk, installing new sidewalks, installing American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramps and improving bicycle facilities. The new ramps will be in compliance with the Public Right of Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG) requirements. Crews will also make minor drainage improvements and asphalt repair.
During a public meeting on March 7, 2018 at Needham Elementary School, 24 neighbors and community members voiced their input on how they would like to see Columbine Dr improved. The meeting included a discussion of landscape strip preferences and driveway options.
Photo from March 7, 2018 neighborhood meeting of map comments related to landscaping options.
Photos from October 5, 2017 neighborhood meeting of map comments related to bulbout location options.
Photos from May 11, 2017 neighborhood meeting of cross section options.
Needham Connect Phase 1 Project Completion
October 12, 2016 - The recently completed Needham Connect Phase 1 project increases safety and accessibility for all sidewalk and road users. Highlighted in the 2012 Multi Modal Transportation Master Plan as a high-priority safety project, the Needham Connect Phase 1 project was funded with a $291,000 Safe Routes to School grant in 2015. Construction of the project was completed this summer.
The projects bring sidewalks into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City’s Land Use Development Code and provide much needed safety and accessibility improvements for students, parents, families, teachers and the neighborhood.
View footage of the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held on October 12, 2016:
Check out the video and article in the Herald here. To see more pictures, stroll over theFacebook album.
Before and After Photos for the Needham Connect Phase 1 Project:
Before and after improvements on Arroyo Drive looking West towards Delwood Avenue.
Before and after improvements on Columbine Drive looking south towards San Juan Drive.
The Walk n’ Roll-a-thon at Needham Elementary in April 2015 celebrated biking and walking to school, as well as the kick-off of the Needham Connect Phase 1 Project.