Design Charrette gathers input on Bloomfield-Friendship Neighborway and traffic calming

Join a Virtual Open House to provide additional feedback on Sept 8 and 10

The Department of Mobility and Infrastructure, in an effort to provide a low-stress alternate route to Penn Ave and Friendship Ave in Bloomfield, Garfield, and Friendship, is creating a “Neighborway” along Coral Street, Comrie Way, Edmonds St and Pearl St. Identified on the Bike (+) Plan, the Neighborway will better connect Bloomfield & Friendship to Lower and Central Lawrenceville, North Oakland and East Liberty. 

To gather input on the details of the design, on August 26, DOMI hosted a mini-charrette attended by Councilwoman Gross, Bloomfield Livable Streets, the Bloomfield Development Corporation, and several interested residents who live nearby.

Results of the Design Charrette

The meeting focused on the priorities of S Millvale and S Mathilda residents, a deep dive into the proposed diverter at Comrie/Mathilda, and finally, an exploration of a variety of design alternatives. All are in agreement that safety needs to be improved and speeds need to be reduced in order to address the crash history of the corridor and problem intersections. 

Some residents expressed concerns about the impact that the proposed traffic diverter will have on motor vehicle access to Comrie Way at Mathilda St, but still wanted to address the safety concerns and speeding issues on a street that sees a large amount of cut-through traffic.

image of an overhead of comrie way and mathilda st showing the traffic diverter. cars on comrie way must turn and cannot continue through
Proposal with the diverter

An alternative solution that has emerged at the meeting is to replace the proposed diverter with pedestrian islands that will help increase visibility of the intersection and reduce vehicle speeds, but will still allow unfettered motor vehicle access to Comrie Way.

overhead of comire way and mathilda st without the diverter. cars on comrie can continue straight through. there are pedestrian refuge islands and high visibility crosswalks across mathilda
Proposal without diverter

DOMI is now in the process of further compiling resident input to provide an adjusted design based off of this feedback.

Join a virtual Open House to provide additional feedback!

DOMI has scheduled two virtual open houses to gather further feedback on the updated proposal.

Click below to register and join the meeting at any time during the below dates. A DOMI representative will go over the design and provide time for your thoughts and insights.

Additionally, you can provide online feedback to the design proposal on the City’s Engage platform. All comments must be in by Tuesday, September 15.