Raleigh has been named one of the best places to live, work, and play in America. We’ve welcomed many new residents in recent years, spurring a great deal of development in our city – particularly downtown – where pedestrians are plentiful!

In an effort to keep our pedestrians safe, and to guide developers through the planning and design process, the City’s Public Works Department created the first-of-its-kind pedestrian safety manual entitled “Making Great Strides – A guide to accommodating pedestrians in active work zones.” The document, a compilation of best practices for pedestrian accommodations in work zones, lays out the planning and approval process, provides design examples and resources, and gives tips for successful implementation of safety measures.

The idea to develop this manual came about in 2014 when the City began requiring Traffic Control and Pedestrian Routing Plans. Some of our stakeholders requested guidance with translating the governing documents, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).

Several staff members from the Transportation Field Services division of Public Works had a hand in developing the content of the document, including Bradley Kimbrell, Kenneth Ritchie, and Rene Haagen who ultimately got the final draft printed. The Communication team serving the Development Services Department produced the document, including layout, design, and copy editing.

Rene, the City's Right-of-Way Services Coordinator, said, “I wanted this document to explain in laymen’s terms how to do a street, lane or sidewalk closure project from beginning to end. It is intended to translate code requirements into real world application and show what developers and contractors have done.”

The document includes definitions to help readers interpret the content. The main topics include planning and design, process descriptions, detour options, protective barriers, safety measures, considerations for utilities, and public art. We expect to produce updated versions of this manual in the future as the field is growing and related codes will undoubtedly change.

At the 2015 ADA Symposium in Atlanta, Paul Kallam, Engineering Manager, and Kenneth Ritchie, Engineering Review Manager, were honored to present the draft manual. Since Raleigh is the first municipality to produce such a document, there was great interest amongst the attendees. More recently, the document has been featured in the office of Sustainability's newsletter, and an article was published in a national newsletter called Route Fifty. If you would like more information, or for a copy of the ADA Symposium presentation, please contact Rene Haagen.

Please join me in congratulating Paul and the Transportation Field Services team on a job well done! Thanks for reading today's post!

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