Middle Street & Lafayette Road Bicycle & Pedestrian Corridor Project

To kick off the 2019 biking season, all street lines will be re-painted as part of the annual citywide line striping program. Beginning on Monday, April 15th through mid-May, staff will be observing traffic behavior along the bike lanes prior to reinstalling bollards in early June. This year, there will only be 60 bollards along the corridor which is a reduction of posts by 54 percent compared to last year. Please click here for full details. 

The goal of this project, implemented in the fall of 2018, was to make travel along a critical section of Route 1 safer and more appealing for pedestrians and bicyclists of all ages. Initially identified in the City's Safe Routes to School Action Plan in 2010, this project was also highlighted as a high priority in the City's recently completed Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.

The project, which received funding from a NHDOT Safe Routes to School Grant, evaluated options for creating an on-road bike route along Route 1 between the High School and Downtown.  Pedestrian crossings at the intersections along this corridor were also assessed to determine where improvements might be necessary to improve safety and accessibility. The City worked with an engineering team led by Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. on this project.

For more information or with comments or questions about this project, please contact Juliet Walker, the City of Portsmouth's Planning Director, 603-610-7296 or jthwalker@cityofportsmouth.com.


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