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City of La Porte
News Release
Thursday, September 01, 2011

CITY OF LA PORTE MAIN STREET TRAFFIC STUDY

La Porte, Texas — In response to concerns expressed by Main Street business owners, City Council authorized staff to hire Pate Engineering to conduct a comprehensive study of Main Street and the Main Street District. Pate Engineering will be presenting the results of the traffic study to the City of La Porte Planning and Zoning Commission at their next meeting on September 15. The City encourages Main Street Business Owners and members of the public to attend the meeting for an opportunity to review the proposals in detail and provide input. The meeting will be held in City Hall Council Chambers and begin at 6:00 p.m.

The scope of work was to develop and evaluate various roadway configurations that attract visitors to Historic Main Street and promote a walkable mixed-use downtown. Several options were evaluated to enhance pedestrian safety, improve parking, calm traffic and improve the level of service, which is the road’s ability to efficiently manage the flow of traffic. Street configuration options include features such as sidewalk “knuckles” that reduce the distance pedestrians have to walk from one side of Main Street to another, reducing the lanes of traffic from four to two to provide a median, expanding the width of the sidewalks to encourage pedestrian use of the sidewalks, and roundabouts in lieu of the signals at 8th and 4th Streets and Broadway.

You can view the upcoming presentation by visiting the City’s website at www.laportetx.gov or call the Planning Department at 281-470-5020 for additional information.




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