Newport Transportation Study

 

What's New

Thank you to everyone who attended the Newport Transportation Study Public Workshop on January 27, 2020 at the Old Town Hall. Please see the links below to view the presentation and display boards from the workshop.

January 2020 Public Workshop Presentation and Boards

Project Updates

To sign-up to recieve project updates, including notifications of upcoming opportunities to participate, please email rnovakoff@wilmapco.org.

Introduction

The plan is being prepared by WILMAPCO in cooperation with the Town of Newport and the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT).

Objective

The Newport Transportation Plan will develop transportation recommendations for the town center and surrounding areas. The study will 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.

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:

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 will be be a 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.

Products

  • The final report will include discussion of transportation problems in the Town of Newport, relevant transportation and land use data, recommended solutions and discussion of public involvement during the study process. Sections may include the following, with additional sections as needed:
  • Introduction: Purpose and organization of report
  • Regional Context: Regional land use, environmental features and transportation
  • Local Context, Issues and Opportunities: Transportation network, land uses, environmental features, issues and opportunities
  • Traffic Circulation: Major through routes, way finding and traffic calming
  • Parking: Existing supply and demand and opportunities for additional or shared parking
  • Pedestrians, Bicyclists and Transit: Existing and proposed pedestrian and bicycle improvements and transit services
  • Mobility Friendly Design: Analysis of potential mobility friendly land use policy
  • Implementation Action Plan: Prioritized recommendations

 

Newport Train Station Feasibility Study

WILMAPCO has completed the Train Station Feasibility Study for the Town of Newport (PDF – 3.5 MB).   The study includes a recommended strategy, a concept plan, a final report and an implementation plan for a new train station in Newport.  The final report includes:

  • Identification of issues, opportunities, and constraints
  • Development of a feasibility analysis including ridership projections, potential costs and supporting development
  • A master plan for the station area
  • An implementation plan

The Station area master plan will include:

  • Pedestrian access, including pedestrian and bicycle connections to the town center.  Bike and automobile parking
  • Station plaza with landscaping and public art
  • High level platforms for ADA conformity
  • Necessary track improvements
  • Connections to existing transit routes
  • Analysis of transit supportive developments in the town center and surrounding area

Presentations

  • May 16, 2013 Newport Town Meeting PowerPoint (PDF – 860 KB)
  • June 14, 2012 Public Workshop PowerPoint (PDF – 2.2 MB)
  • March 2012 Public Workshop PowerPoint (PDF – 1.4 MB); Public Response forms (PDF – 86 KB); Draft Parking Options (PDF – 4 MB)
  • November 2011 Public Workshop PowerPoint (PDF – 1.6 MB)

Please contact Dave Gula, Principal Planner, at dgula@wilmapco.org or 302-737-6205 x122, if you have any questions about this project.