Hopkins Street Improvements - August 2020
- Please see Note below for the latest on the City’s traffic control plan during construction and a link to an FAQ page with more information
- Construction traffic is directed to use Hopkins whenever possible; however road excavations on Hopkins will require equipment to use other streets in order to access around the construction.
- Construction continues on Phase 1 (Scott St to Johnson Ave).
- Crews will be installing storm sewer and wastewater lines throughout the month of August
- Phase 2 (Johnson Ave. to Bishop) is currently expected to begin at the end of October
- Proposed improvements can be found here
A NOTE ON THE HOPKINS IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT TRAFFIC CONTROL
The Hopkins Street Improvement Project will be closing a key arterial for the next two years. The goal of the original traffic control plan was to direct a majority of the over 14,000 vehicles using the road each day around the project safely and efficiently. The posted detour route guides traffic to use other arterial streets, those with typically higher traffic volumes, to minimize the change to residents on those streets. However, as with any detour situation, drivers will look for their own alternatives.
Traffic counts and speed surveys were collected July 13 -17th at twelve locations surrounding the Hopkins Street Improvements Project. A summary of the data collected is shown below. Traffic counts shown are an average over the five days of collection. The Miles Per Hour is the speed at which 85% of vehicles were traveling at or below. Traffic counts prior to construction are also provided. These counts were collected at various times and should be considered as a general indication to assess the level of change that has occurred. If previous data is not available, it is shown as NA.
The main arterials outside of the project limits (Bishop, Hopkins and Moore) show a decrease in volume from previous studies. This can be attributed to the general overall lowering of traffic volumes with the current COVID-19 conditions and the restricted traffic access to Hopkins between Moore and Bishop due to construction. However, the data clearly shows increased volumes on the parallel streets to Hopkins (Belvin, Burleson and San Antonio.) The greatest increase has occurred to San Antonio Street with current volumes 2.5 to 3 times greater than pre-construction conditions.
Staff will implement additional “Road Closed to Thru Traffic” barricades at the following locations to mitigate volume increases.
- San Antonio Street at North Street
- Pitt Street at Hopkins
- Olive Street at Hopkins
- Prospect at Bishop
- Burleson at Moore
Revisions to the barricade at San Antonio at Hopkins will also be made to allow access to the adjacent business while closing through traffic access to San Antonio. All barricades will be positioned to discourage “thru” traffic while still allowing access to local traffic. Staff is working with internal resources to deploy these changes by August 21st .
The speed surveys conducted did not find speeds more than 5 miles per hour (mph) over the posted speed limit except at Hopkins Street south of Dixon. Speed in excess of 5 mph over the limit is the threshold at which traffic calming devices, such as speed cushions, are warranted.
However, because of the high level of pedestrian and bicycle activity on San Antonio Street, the Transportation Division will be installing two speed limit feedback signs along San Antonio Street. These feedback signs have proved effective in other locations in raising driver awareness of their speed. The signs will be ordered and installed within six weeks. The Transportation Division has also inspected all stop signs along San Antonio to ensure visibility.
With the completion of this study we now have a baseline to evaluate the effectiveness of traffic control plan changes. Moving forward traffic patterns will continue to be monitored and adjustments made to the traffic control plan, as necessary.
- W. Hopkins Street is a major thoroughfare with 14,000+ traffic trips a day
- Due to road planning decisions made decades ago, there is not a parallel major arterial for a convenient nearby detour route
- Not all drivers are following the posted detour to Craddock Avenue
- Local adjacent streets, even with road closed signs, must be kept open for local public access and City service providers
- Most adjacent streets are experiencing increases in traffic