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Newport Transportation Plan

What’s New

The Newport Transportation Plan report is now available. The  recommendations can also be viewed in an online interactive map. Please send any comments to dgula@wilmapco.org. If you wish to view the report and appendices separately, or require a smaller file size, please use the links below:

Workshop Materials

Thank you to those who attended the Virtual Public Workshop for the Newport Transportation Plan on Wednesday, December 16. During this workshop, we reviewed 20 recommendations to improve traffic and safety in and around the City of Newport. Recommendations include intersection and sidewalk improvements to Downtown Newport, the proposed train station, and Christiana Riverfront via a new trail connection to the Jack Markell Trail. Recommendations also include a proposed multi-use path along Boxwood Road and sidewalk and crosswalk improvements for Latimer Place, Middleboro Road, and Banning Park, among many others. See below for materials from each of the three Newport Transportation Plan Public Workshops.

January 2020 Public Workshop Presentation and Boards

September 2020 Virtual Public Workshop Materials

About this Study

The Town of Newport Transportation Plan will develop transportation recommendations for the town center and surrounding areas. The study will further analyze issues raised in the Town of Newport Comprehensive Plan. Transportation goals in the Comprehensive Plan include:

  • Improve mobility, accessibility and transportation alternatives to provide for the safe and efficient movement of people and goods.
  • Provide for the safe, efficient and convenient movement of people and goods within the Town by integrating land uses, circulation routes and transportation facilities.
  • Provide traffic calming and landscape techniques to mask the noise and traffic generated from State Route 141/41 and State Route 4.
  • Additional relevant goals address smart growth policy, economic development, redevelopment, health and safety, recreation and open space.

The plan will also help to implement the WILMAPCO Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) by linking transportation and land use, improving mobility in the community and managing the transportation system. The RTP recognizes that strengthening our communities through improved traffic flow, transit, walking and bicycling facilities along with improved visual appearance can encourage the use of non-automobile modes, promote economic development and reduce the need for costly roadway expansions

Scope of Work

Based upon public input and technical analysis, this study will:

  • Confirm and identify local transportation issues within the town boundary and potential long range annexation area.
  • Confirm and identify transportation issues in greater Newport area including Route 141 corridor.
  • Compile relevant transportation and land use data.
  • Identify and analyze potential solutions.
  • Reach agreement on a transportation action plan for the Town of Newport that includes the best set of multimodal solutions.

The study will address the following issues raised in the Newport Comprehensive Plan.

Roadway and Multimodal Transportation

  • Develop measures to manage traffic from the regional vehicular roadway network. Issues include limiting speed, buffering noise, reducing air pollution and addressing growing threats to pedestrians.
  • Develop a plan for the regular monitoring of vehicular traffic (including the vehicle mix of cars vs. trucks) and associated impacts over the next decade. The plan should include regular (annual) reporting from the appropriate agency to Newport Town Commission.
  • Establish a seasonal air quality monitoring program in the vicinity of SR-141/41 and SR-4 to track changes over time.
  • Develop a system of pathfinder signage throughout Newport to guide visitors to various locations, including lots. Such a system will reduce traffic congestion and thus noise and air pollution.
  • Capitalize on Newport’s accessibility from SR-141/41 and SR-4 while concurrently implement measures to manage regional traffic.

Traffic Calming

  • Evaluate options for appropriate traffic-calming techniques to improve both traffic and pedestrian safety, especially for the downtown commercial section of the Town.
  • Explore opportunities to incorporate traffic-calming with appropriate development design standards in order to help ensure safety and mobility for pedestrian and non-motorized modes of transport. Design standards may include, but not be limited to, shorter and narrower blocks, on-street parking, through street and walkways and other elements designed to keep regional traffic dispersed and at low-speeds.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation

  • Evaluate options for improving aesthetics and providing pedestrian accessibility and amenities along SR-4 through Newport, including the design and installation of signalized pedestrian crossings throughout the Market Street section of SR-4.
  • Consider promotion of pedestrian and bicycle paths to link residential and commercial sections of town as well as to link the new boat ramp and nature center to the Town’s residential and commercial areas. Develop and encourage the use of other alternative transportation systems.
  • Consider extending the above-recommended pedestrian/bike path along the Christiana River. The new boat ramp has potential to attract large numbers of people to Newport. A well established pedestrian/bike path may entice tourists to walk/ride and shop or eat in local establishments.

Parking

  • Explore municipal purchase of select parcels throughout the downtown area for conversion to centrally located (metered) surface parking lots or parking structure to serve surrounding land uses.
  • Work with select business-owners with parking to institute shared parking arrangements as appropriate. Commercial tenants whose primary office hours are during the day can share parking facilities with establishments whose patronage is primarily at night. Newport can facilitate “Parking Agreements” between the parties in order to define the terms of such shared parking arrangement.
  • Consider locating parking lots behind buildings or street walls. Successful urban design for commercial downtown places retail and office buildings close to the sidewalk with no set back. Rear parking becomes a logical extension of such a design.
  • Explore public/private partnerships with downtown businesses to effectuate the above-recommended parking plans.

Public Involvement

Public involvement is a key part of each stage of the study. We will seek public input through media coverage, town meetings and joint public workshops of Newport, DelDOT and WILMAPCO. Workshops will give the community as opportunity to comment on transportation and land use issues and discuss possible solutions. A management committee will consist of a variety of stakeholders from Newport, DelDot and WILMAPCO. A steering committee will consist of a variety of stakeholders including elected officials and civic, business and historic preservation groups. Both the steering and management committees will guide the study by proposing potential solutions, determining how information is presented to the public and reviewing technical analysis.

Additional Information

  •  For more information about this study or to send comments, please email Dave Gula at dgula@wilmapco.org.
  • To view the 2013 Newport Train Station Feasibility Study, click Here