The 23rd Street Corridor Study will develop a vision and implementation strategy for 23rd Street, providing an opportunity for the public to reimagine the street. This study will lay the foundation for the design of 23rd Street from the Haskell Bridge to 600 feet east of Anderson Ave. when it is reconstructed in 2021-22.
The study will provide a public visioning process and existing conditions evaluation including: current and future land uses, multimodal traffic counts, access management, crash history, multimodal needs. The process will provide recommendations for and a concept level multimodal (auto, transit, bike, pedestrian, freight) transportation plan.
The study will include in-person and online engagement and will follow the Public Participation process outlined in the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO) Public Participation Plan. A three-day visioning and planning charrette and two-hour public open house will be held to gather input on the project. A survey will be utilized to gather input on existing conditions. Mailers will be sent to all property owners (north and south), from Learnard Ave. to the eastern city limits, notifying them of the open house and survey. Notifications of public input opportunities will be sent via the to the MPO’s Transportation Planning, MPO Policy Board, MPO Technical Advisory Committee, the Lawrence Transportation Commission, and media lists. A work session will be held with the Transportation Commission to report on progress before the final draft of the plan is developed. Once the plan is drafted, it will be presented to the Technical Advisory Committee, MPO Policy Board, and the Transportation Commission prior to consideration by the Lawrence City Commission.
The Steering Committee and Project Advisory Committee were approved by the MPO Policy Board on April 18. View the lists here.
Project Advisory Committee/Steering Committee Meetings
A three-day visioning and planning charrette will be held during the week of June 24 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Flory Meeting Hall (2120 Harper Street). On the first day, the consultant team will work with the Steering Committee and the Project Advisory Committee to establish a vision for the plan and develop a set of guiding principles to inform the broader planning process and charrette. On days two and three, the team will explore potential solutions for achieving this defined vision through a charrette, utilizing preference exercises, individual and group discussions, and other activities. The consultant team will use preliminary information and maps to establish the project vision, gather feedback, and sketch concepts in real-time. This process will be exceptionally interactive, allowing the public to see how the process incorporates their input. On the third day, the Steering Committee, will review the public input, preferred concepts, and ideas to draft a conceptual plan for the 23rd Street corridor.
Tuesday, June 25th
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Meeting -Visioning Session Download
Wednesday, June 26th
8:00 am – 9:00 am: Meeting – Review of Initial Concepts
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Meeting – Review of Narrowed Concepts
Thursday, June 27th
10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Meeting – Open House Download / Final Concept Review
**Project Advisory Committee/Steering Committee meetings are open to the public, but there will be no public comment opportunity.
Public Comment Opportunities
Visioning Session & Open House
The Visioning Session and Open house will be held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Flory Meeting Hall (2120 Harper Street).
Tuesday, June 25th
- 8:00 am – 12:00 pm: Visioning Session– Public is invited to participate in conversations of the following topics: Existing Conditions, Access Management (traffic, driveways, turn lanes, medians), Bicycle/Pedestrian, Transit Amenities, Aesthetics (gateways, landscaping, lighting), and Economic Development (redevelopment, land use).
Wednesday, June 26th
- 5:00 – 7:00 pm: Open House – Public is invited to view the progress from the charrette and share their thoughts on the outcome.
A project survey is available on Lawrence Listens.