For Tenino, Main Street 507 is an effort to identify solutions to improve vehicular and pedestrian mobility and safety on Sussex Avenue while also enhancing the aesthetics and vibrancy of downtown Tenino.
Beginning in the winter of 2013, a number of meetings were held to guide this process. Members of the public, elected officials, and other stakeholders identified existing problems and conditions, goals for the project, and the stakeholders’ vision for Sussex Avenue.
As a result of this input, Tenino has realized a number of benefits from this project, including the following:
Creation of a Downtown Plan.
The Downtown Plan, prepared based on community feedback gathered in 2013 and 2014, has been incorporated into the land use chapter of the Comprehensive Plan. Concepts embedded in this plan include increasing housing near downtown, drawing people into downtown with events, offering people places to sit, walk, and enjoy the downtown, and connecting the park to downtown.
Establishment of Design Standards.
Design standards have been incorporated into the city’s development regulations. The purpose of establishing design standards is to protect Tenino’s unique and intact historical character, highlight and encourage restoration of existing historic buildings, and ensure new buildings are constructed in a way that compliments the downtown’s historic character.
Preparation of a Street Tree Plan.
Washington Forestry Consultants, Inc. prepared a street tree plan for the city dated March 2015. The Plan includes an inventory of existing street trees and recommendations for maintenance, planting, and modifications to existing streetscapes. The plan has been incorporated into the city’s development regulations by reference.
Sussex Avenue/SR 507 Improvements.
KPG prepared a preliminary layout plan and cost estimate for improvements to Sussex Avenue. The project area spans from Sussex Avenue’s intersection with Kiethahn Street west of downtown to O’Brien Street. The preliminary layout plan proposes installing a roundabout at the intersection of Old Highway 99, Sussex Avenue, and Ragless Street; improving sidewalks and on-street parking the length of the project; and installing bulbouts other traffic-calming devices to slow traffic as it moves through the community. The proposed improvements have been incorporated into the Comprehensive Plan.