SHORELINE DRIVE REIMAGINED

 
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PARTNERS
Congress for New Urbanism, The California Endowment

COMPLETION DATE
2014?

ROLE
Advocate

 

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Shoreline Drive in Downtown Long Beach Serves approximately 15,000 vehicles in each direction every day. With between four and eight lanes of traffic spanning between 100 and 500 feet, Shoreline Drive is much more than just a thoroughfare for city traffic-it is also a valuable asset for locals and tourists alike. Building connected street grids and improving mobility is a key determinant of quality urban form, social equity and community life. Retrofitting Shoreline Drive offers an opportunity to re-establish a street network that maximizes transportation choice, attracts and sustains economic activity, and stresses walking as the basic unit of design. Drawing from precedents from around the world, Shoreline Drive can join an international trend in retrofitting roadways that enrich quality of life, access, and mobility through better design.  This all can be done while accommodating some of Long Beach’s largest events as well as improving access into the Downtown from communities near and far.

Members of the Congress for New Urbanism studied Shoreline Drive through their Highways-to-Boulevards initiative as part of their Transportation Summit held in Long Beach in 2012.  They developed a brief detailing relevant precedents applicable to Shoreline Drive, and preliminary considerations and guiding principles for Shoreline Drive. City Fabrick refined and expanded upon the report with the Shoreline Drive: Highways to Boulevard proposal, going into great detail of the past, present and potential future for a Shoreline Drive. A number of the reports features and considerations are being considered and implemented including temporary reconfiguration of roadway for traffic calming and reconsideration of the Shoemaker Bridge Replacement project to include new park space and active transportation improvements.