City presents findings on Creston Road community workshops
–The City of Paso Robles completed its multi-day community workshops for the proposed improvements along Creston Road.
The opening night of May 8, approximately 20 people participated in the walking assessment of Creston Road. Then at 6 p.m., an additional 20 residents attended the formal presentation where the city’s design team related the existing condition of Creston Road. The attendees then formed small groups and maps of the corridor were given to them for the opportunity to mark up the plans to identify issues and improvements for the road. Each group then shared their ideas with everyone in attendance.
The design team met with the Leadership Class at Lewis Middle School, and met with church leaders along Creston Road to get their input and concerns.
On Wednesday morning May 10, to coincide with the school district’s “Bike-to-School Day”, the design team installed a temporary protected bike lane (using hay bales), and pedestrian refuge (using straw wattles), in front of Lewis Middle School. The city Traffic Officer Adam Ketchum, who monitors the morning drop-off everyday noted, “Unlike other days, the drop-off was much more organized and less chaotic.” The crossing guard also stated, “I liked the area with the straw wattles, and I wish you could just leave it there.”
Finally, on the last day of the workshop the design team presented three design alternatives that could be considered, along with some design features. Those in attendance voted on their preferred alternatives and features that they would like to see along Creston Road (green dots), and those features that they would prefer not be included (red dots).
In a few months, the city’s design team will return to Paso Robles to present a more refined design alternative for additional comments and input. The goal is to have a final design alternative approved by the city council, in early 2018.
Both PowerPoint presentations for the May 8 and 11 community events, are available to view on the Creston Road website: www.prcity.com/crestonroad
Those in attendance were able to vote for the alternatives presented:
Alternative A: 3/5 Lanes
Alternative B: 5 Lanes
Alternative C: Just pave it –plus
Within each alternative, those in attendance were also given the opportunity to vote on the design features they would like to see implemented (green dots), or improvements they prefer not to be implemented (red dots).