HB Economic Development To Launch One Way Street From PCH to Main
A proposal to remove two-way traffic on the first block of Main Street in Huntington Beach would eliminate the traffic pattern shown above.
The City of Huntington Beach plans to implement a test program converting the 100 block of Main Street to a one way street heading inland. While the Huntington Beach Business Improvement District (HBDBID) Board voted against a test program this August (2011) due to concerns over the pedestrian issues that are not yet being addressed, particularly at Main Street and Walnut Ave., the Economic Development Committee voted to move ahead with the test program anyway. They want to test this new traffic pattern on August 22, 2011. City Council must approve this with a majority vote at City Council Meeting on August 15th.
• Convert first block of Main Street to one way heading inland
• Use both lanes for inbound traffic
• Left lane requires a left turn at Walnut
• Right lane may proceed straight or turn right at Walnut
• Retain 2 way traffic on Main north of Walnut
• Main traffic towards Pier forced to turn left or right at Walnut
• Temporary conversion beginning the week of August 22
• Simple conversion with full signs and marking but limited changes to overall infrastructure
• Allows for about 2 weeks of full summer to perform evaluation of concept
•Obtain feedback from businesses along Main and 5th Streets to gauge effect on business. Obtain input from police and public
• Evaluate options- if problems arise consider options to either identify and modify problems, restore current operation or continue operation and complete assessment
• Reversion Contingency involves restoration within a couple of days or be prepared to leave in place after 2 week trial if supported by business and studies
For a full report on the first block of Main St One Way Concept contact: Celeste Hamil, HBDBID Marketing Consultant at 714.536.8300 or firstname.lastname@example.org