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Boulevards from Divided Highways

A boulevard is defined as a:

Walkable, low-speed (35 mph or less) divided arterial thoroughfare in urban environments designed to carry both through and local traffic, pedestrians and bicyclists. Boulevards may be long corridors, typically four lanes but sometimes wider, serve longer trips and provide pedestrian access to land. Boulevards may be high-ridership transit corridors. Boulevards are primary goods movement and emergency response routes and use vehicular and pedestrian access management techniques. Curb parking is encouraged on boulevards.

Source: Institute of Transportation Engineers, Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach, page 52, Table 4.2.

An eligible "boulevard" project should demonstrate some of the following elements:

  1. Traffic calming measures.
  2. Context-sensitive bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
  3. Compliance with accessibility requirements and guidelines.
  4. Promotion of transit corridor through additional protected stops and routes.
  5. Environmentally efficient lighting, landscaping, and water-saving systems.

Several communities have created boulevards from divided highways, or have plans under consideration.

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Updated: 10/20/2015
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