A student was fatally struck by a vehicle crossing Diffley Road in fall 2019. The county and city needed to conciliate a highly emotional situation and share their knowledge, plans, and next steps with residents, parents, elected officials, and school representatives. The public information meetings made it clear the community needed to see near-term improvements that resulted in a school area environment that slowed traffic, improved traffic congestion and circulation, and, most importantly, provided safe crossings of Diffley Road.
Bolton & Menk has been assisting the city and county since late 2019—preparing and facilitating public meetings, identifying and evaluating improvement alternatives, conducting thorough traffic simulations, engaging controversial community advocates, engaging students, informing political officials, and leading project management meetings with ISD 196, city, and county staff. The highly involved and intensely collaborative process enabled an otherwise 12-month study to be successfully conducted in a third of that time to provide a responsive plan for the concerned community and the political officials pursuing funds. The success was apparent with the outpouring of public gratitude at the February 27, 2020 public information meeting for the work completed to date, clear articulation of the problem and potential solutions, and community concerns addressed.