Recently, the City of Milford held a public workshop where they presented plans for upgraded streetscapes in Milford. The public was able to review designs and provide feedback to city staff regarding changes they would like to see in the plan.
“The concept plan was prepared for several streets that were identified in the Rivertown Rebirth 2025 as needing streetscape improvements,” Rob Pierce, City Planner, said. “These streets included Park Avenue, Denney Row, North Washington Street and Southwest Front Street. The plans provided low, medium and high level improvements for feedback from the public and City Council.”
Pierce explained that the highest level concept included replacing concrete sidewalks with brick treatments, widening the sidewalks to improve pedestrian movement, upgrading curb ramps to meet ADA requirements, street tree plantings, reconfiguring of parking lots, parking lot landscaping a potential pocket park location as well as the addition of street furniture.
“Overall, the feedback from the public was pretty positive,” Pierce said. “They liked the brick sidewalks, street trees, landscaping and improvements to city owned parking lots. Some residents provided positive feedback regarding the recent transition to all-way stop conditions at the former traffic signals on South Walnut Street.”
Other recommendations from the public included burying overhead electric and communication lines within the streetscape plan limits. There were concerns that the changes would be able to accommodate delivery trucks. In addition, the public did not want any modifications to reduce parking spaces that already existed in the downtown area. Bicycle lanes were not included in the streetscape proposals.
The full presentation can be seen on the City of Milford website. Anyone with comments can call Pierce at 302-424-8395 or send an email to [email protected].
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