A review of signal timing along the Main Street corridor indicates that there is a signal offset that is leading to undesirable vehicle progression speeds. Observations and feedback from City staff indicate that drivers have learned how to progress through multiple Main Street signals by traveling at speeds in excess of 35 mph. These speeds are not desirable for a downtown environment. Speeding vehicles, combined with drivers attempting to park, can create serious safety hazards for bicyclists and pedestrians.
The City of Pendleton will be working with ODOT to address signal timing changes for Downtown Pendleton. A goal of this collaboration will be to find a signal offset plan that formally progresses traffic on Main Street at slower travel speeds (approximately 20 mph) while effectively progressing traffic volumes on the Court and Dorion Avenue corridors.
Downtown Parking Plan
The need for an expanded parking supply throughout Downtown Pendleton has routinely been discussed by business owners and shopping patrons. However, a detailed parking analysis has revealed that there is sufficient parking within the Downtown core to accommodate existing and future demand. Any capacity issues or perception of capacity issues are likely associated with the location/accessibility of the parking to Downtown and particularly along Main Street. Redevelopment may impact this condition in certain areas, but overall, it is unlikely that parking demands will be great enough to necessitate the need for a public parking garage or additional dedicated off-street parking lots.
Having business owners ensure employees use long-term parking areas on the edge of Downtown can help improve the availability of parking along Main Street. In addition, changes to the on-street parking time limits may be necessary. Finally, additional parking restriction signs, increased parking enforcement and stiffer penalties can achieve an effective turnover rate so that on-street spaces are more readily available for customers.
The provision of public off-street parking is seen as an important resource that can help offset the supply of on-street parking in Downtown Pendleton. Improvements to existing off-street parking lots such as the lot at the southeast corner of Main Street and Frazer Avenue, across from the Chamber of Commerce, will improve their desirability and use. Possible enhancements include addition of perimeter and internal landscaping with shade trees and the addition of internal pedestrian circulation paths for improved safety where feasible.
Access Management Plan
Downtown Pendleton is comprised of different land uses that have different off-street access needs to parking lots or garages. In general, this plan maintains current City and Oregon Highway Plan standards regarding the placement and number of access points that are allowed for new development or redevelopment of existing property. However, the plan does recognize that the Main Street corridor between Frazer and Byers is a unique environment that over time has developed with a nearly continuous building wall and no off-street private driveways. Given that there is a conscious effort to create a high-quality pedestrian environment throughout Downtown, this plan recognizes the following:
New or expanded private vehicular access along Main Street between Frazer Avenue and Byers Avenue should be prohibited. Where possible, private vehicle access to these parcels fronting Main Street will be encouraged via alternate roadways such as SW 1st Street or SE 1st Street;
ODOT’s Access Management Guidelines may dictate the ability to develop new private vehicular access along Court Avenue, Dorion Avenue, Emigrant Avenue and Frazer Avenue; and
The City should consider adopting its own access standards.
CHAPTER 5: STREETSCAPES, OPEN SPACE AND PUBLIC ART
CHAPTER 5: STREETSCAPES, OPEN SPACE AND PUBLIC ART
The Downtown Plan contains strategies to visually tie the downtown streetscape environment together, provide bicycle access to the neighborhoods, retain most of the on-street parking provided today, provide space for more appropriate street trees, sidewalk/café seating, and updated furnishings, address accessibility concerns, and improve the overall aesthetics of the downtown. The strategies focus limited public resources on capital improvements that are most likely to leverage private investment.
South Main Street
South Main Street presents an opportunity to create a signature streetscape environment that is uniquely Pendleton. The proposed modifications described below build upon improvements made within the last decade, while making South Main Street more attractive and more functional, particularly during major community events.
As described in Chapter 4, South Main Street will retain parallel parking and will retain four travel lanes. , but travel lanes will be reduced from four lanes to three lanes, one travel lane in each direction and a shared middle turn lane that also functions as a truck loading and unloading zone (see Figure 4 in previous chapter). This configuration allows for widened sidewalks, from 10 feet to 15 feet in width. It also serves to slow traffic on South Main Street and provide safer pedestrian crossings at street corners and at midblock locations with generous sidewalks and curb extensions that minimize crossing distances. All curb extensions will be equipped with tactile warning strips at crosswalk entrances to assist pedestrians. Curb extensions at significant gateways, such as those at Frazer/Main and Byers/Main, will be embellished with pedestrian-scaled paver designs where sidewalks “bulb-out” into the intersection. The designs, which should reflect the culture, history or artistic spirit of Pendleton, can be made from a variety of ADA-approved, weather appropriate materials such as set tile, terrazzo or mosaics.
Crosswalks and intersections along South Main Street will be treated with stamped and stained or colored concrete, adding character, vibrancy and giving greater visibility to pedestrians using these areas. Crosswalk zones will be further demarcated with continental or parallel-style reflective paint striping. Raised midblock crosswalks are planned for three locations along South Main Street, between Emigrant and Dorion, Dorion and Court, and Court and Byers. These crosswalks will require drivers to reduce their speed along South Main Street. (The midblock crosswalks will function as speed tables, more or less.) Midblock curb extensions require removal of one parking space on each side of the street. A 40-foot zone in the center turn lane perpendicular to the midblock crosswalks will serve as a truck loading and unloading zone. Trucks may open their rear cargo doors to face the midblock crosswalk enabling delivery people to utilize the elevated area (not curbed) to unload goods without obstructing the crosswalk.Enhanced mid-block crosswalks are planned for three locations along South Main Street, between Emigrant, Dorion, Court, and Byers avenues. Similar treatments as on the intersections (stamped or stained concrete) will add visibility and awareness of the mid-block crosswalks to motorists.
South Main Street’s existing stamped concrete sidewalks will be extended an additional 5 feet on either side to accommodate more activities and higher pedestrian volumes. Within this 5-foot extension zone, new tree wells, tree grates, street trees and pedestrian-scaled lighting will be added. Existing street lighting and tree grates will be removed and the excavated sidewalk areas “patched” in order to achieve a regular, efficient spacing of street furnishings along South Main Street. Removed furniture and fixtures will be recycled or relocated when feasible, and some of the patch areas may afford a unique opportunity for public art/ fund raising, such as tile mosaics with donors’ names. The extended sidewalk will be stamped concrete to complement the existing boardwalk pattern. The construction project will need to protect the Underground, including the Underground windows.
The widened sidewalks, averaging 15 feet, will support three zones of activity: the street furnishing zone, the pedestrian zone and the frontage zone. The enlarged furnishing zone will consist of benches, trash receptacles, tree grates, street trees, water fountains and double headed “acorn”-style street lighting to illuminate both the pedestrian zone and parallel parking areas. Furnishings within the Downtown Core should be more ornate than on other Pendleton streets. The pedestrian zone will act as an active thoroughfare between the street furnishing zone and the frontage zone. The frontage zone will accommodate planters and signage in front of businesses, and provide a buffer between the active sidewalk and building façades. Portions of the sidewalk along Main Street will also be able to accommodate small-scale café seating. Street trees along South Main Street are very infrequent and are often planted behind the sidewalk on private property.often of a variety that is imappropriate for the location.ManySomehave been poorly-maintained or removed by adjacent property owners. Existing trees will be removed and new tree wells and oblong tree grates will be installed within the extended sidewalk zone. Columnar trees spaced approximately 30 to 50 feet on center will require less maintenance and will result in a visually appealing streetscape with better visibility of the storefronts, while also providing needed shade to pedestrians and parked vehicles. A variety of tree should be selected that will not attract birds (via fruit), and will not be a nuisance to people or property due to weaker limbs which might fall.