'Complete Streets' to be discussed in new road building strategy

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners is taking up the issue of "Complete Streets" next week when a resolution is scheduled to be discussed in the Commission's General Government Committee meeting on Monday, Aug. 8, at 9 a.m., in Committee Room A, located at 1200 North Telegraph Road in Pontiac.

"Complete Streets" is the design and planning concept for transportation and government agencies that includes all modes of transportation in the creation, construction and repair of roadways in the transportation network. The resolution was submitted by Commissioners Dave Woodward of Royal Oak and Craig Covey of Ferndale.

"As our aging road infrastructure needs to be addressed, adding 'Complete Streets' planning for future county road commission road projects insures that pedestrian, bicyclist, and all modes of transportations are given consideration to support sustainable economic and community development," stated Covey.

The concept of "Complete Streets" recognizes the importance of multiple methods of transportation beyond cars and trucks, and is inclusive of pedestrians, bicycles, public and mass transit. The emerging and popular new planning and construction system has been adopted by cities, counties and states across the nation. The State of Michigan has adopted the concept as have many cities in Oakland County, including Ferndale, Novi, and Clawson.

"Increasing walking, bicycling, and public transportation offers the potential for improved public health, economic development, a cleaner environment, reduced transportation costs, enhanced community connections, social equity, and more livable communities," stated Woodward.

The resolution hopes to gain bi-partisan support of the County Commission. It must first be vetted and passed by the General Government Committee before coming to the full Commission. A free public discussion on the issue will also be held on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the Ferndale Public Library beginning at 6:30 pm, led by Commissioners Covey and Woodward, as part of the Ferndale Environmental Sustainability Commission "Green Tuesdays" initiative.

For additional information, contact Covey at (248) 721-6434 or Woodward at (248) 894-6650.

Published: Fri, Aug 5, 2011

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