Colerain Avenue Corridor Study
Colerain Township has been working for more than 20 years to improve the conditions along Colerain Avenue. The resulting efforts have led to an improved vehicular oriented roadway, however has left much to desire in terms of urban design and pedestrian environment. Making a conscious effort to change, the Township would like to create a consistent, appealing and safe public environment from the City of Cincinnati limits to the Hamilton County boundary. To further improvements, the Township also wishes to partner with Green Township and Mt. Airy Community Urban Redevelopment Enterprise (CURE) on this effort.
In order to help facilitate this effort, Colerain Township has contracted with KZF Design for professional planning services for the Colerain Avenue Corridor Study.
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The Colerain Township Board of Trustees accepted the KZF Report and Recommendations that are in the below report.
Making a conscious effort to change, Colerain Township would like to create a consistent, appealing, safe public environment along the Colerain Avenue Corridor within the Township and creating a safe and beautiful Colerain Avenue. In November of 2018, Colerain Township and KZF Design partnered to perform a study for strategic enhancements to Colerain Avenue: this study is the first real comprehensive analysis of the Corridor since 1996.
The Colerain Avenue Corridor Study was a feature article in the Summer 2019 State of Ohio American Planning Association Newsletter. To read the full article, please click the link below:
An open house style public meeting was held at the Colerain Township Administrative building on March 12th, 2019, from 6-8:30 pm.
At the meeting, residents placed comment stickers on a scaled map of the entire corridor, specifically pointing out positives and negatives of the corridor. They also ranked project objective, or goals, in order of importance to them (listed below).
Staff from Colerain Township, Ohio Department of Transportation and KZF Design were in attendance to help answer any questions or take additional feedback. Approximately 30 residents and business owners showed up to voice their opinions about the corridor.
In July, the Colerain Township revealed several possible improvements to Colerain Avenue. The core concepts of the recommendations including:
- Landscape medians and median U-turns, which eliminate the need for left-turn lanes at intersections and drastically reduce collisions.
- Sound access management principles intended to improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles
- Streetscape design strategies and gateway elements which promote a cohesive look and feel along Colerain Avenue, but also reflect the unique character of different segments of the roadway.
- Redevelopment of Northgate Mall into a mixed-use, “Towne Center” style development with single and multi-family housing and outdoor mall corridors with dining, pedestrian spaces, and plazas.
Median U-turns would eliminate left turns at Colerain Avenue’s signaled intersections. This type of U-turn can reduce congestion and severity of crashes by up to 60 percent, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.
The condition right now is concrete sidewalk and paved parking lots. By adding landscaping, we can soften that and make it easier to navigate.
A possible redevelopment of Northgate Mall into a mixed-use “towne center” was also presented and would include single- and multi-family housing and outdoor mall corridors with dining, pedestrian spaces and plazas.
Project Objectives (Goals) ranked
- Access Management
- Character Zones
- Comprehensive Vision