Would opening Oneida St. be a positive for access to downtown from north?
We believe that the north/south corridor through downtown can be served with the new bridge alignment for Appleton Street. Once completed, Appleton Street will become a two-way street.
What is the City doing to address traffic concerns around the area? With the U.S. Venture project and this proposal, won't there be serious traffic congestion in that small area of downtown?
In 2016, the City of Appleton hired AECOM to develop a Downtown Appleton Mobility Plan. The purpose of the plan was to determine strategies to improve multi-modal mobility and traffic circulation in downtown Appleton. The overall current congestion in the downtown is minimal, but with areas poised for redevelopment we wanted a plan that would help us prepare for additional pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle trips. The recommendations from the study, which create a 2-way grid system for the majority of the downtown area, will help accommodate some of the newly generated trips in the bluff area due to the availability of alternate routes. Staff will conduct a more detailed Traffic Impact Analysis for this specific area now that we better understand the proposed details of development in this area. The bottom line is that congestion will increase with development on the bluff site, but planned improvements will help mitigate the congestion as best as possible. All healthy downtowns inherently deal with a higher level of congestion due to the higher density of development and the limited space available for roadway expansion.