Active Connections: Madison Street
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This project built buffered bike lanes along the curb of both sides of Madison Street as a part of the 2023 street resurfacing project. Everett chose a design that improves bicyclist safety, maintains most on-street parking, provides traffic-calming effects and maintains vehicle capacity.
The goal of this project was to make it safer and more comfortable to bike on Madison, connecting bicyclists to the Interurban Trail, the upcoming Fleming Bicycle Corridor, residential neighborhoods, bus routes and services on Evergreen Way and the southwest Everett manufacturing and industrial center. Building buffered bike lanes make Madison a safer, more comfortable bike facility, creating a transportation connection that accommodates a wide range of abilities, confidence and comfort levels of bicyclists. Buffered bike lanes are conventional bikes lanes that have a designated buffer space separating the bike lane from the adjacent motor vehicle travel lane. The buffer includes pavement markings to discourage motor vehicles from encroaching into the bike lane.
Street resurfacing of Madison Street was completed in June of 2023. Crews ground and removed old pavement, installed new traffic signal detection wires and repaved and restriped the roadway. As part of the 2023 street resurfacing project and Everett’s Bicycle Master Plan, the City of Everett considered building one-way buffered bike lanes along the curb of both sides of Madison between the Interurban Trail and Sievers-Duecy Boulevard. To build these buffered bike lanes, the City proposed removing all on-street parking on Madison Street between the Interurban Trail (at Commercial Avenue) and Sievers-Duecy Boulevard.
Previously, there were intermittent four-foot-wide striped bike lanes on both sides of Madison and intermittent on-street parking. Everett’s Bicycle Master Plan gave the old bike lanes on Madison a fair rating, which means that they were generally considered too narrow to be convenient for bicycle travel. The Bicycle Master Plan proposed building bike facilities on Madison as a connection priority, or highest priority, project. Connection priority projects are chosen to help create a complete bike network by connecting existing facilities to each other.
The City conducted a public survey and completed parking and traffic studies to evaluate the proposed bicycle improvements for Madison Street between Sievers-Duecy Boulevard and the Interurban Trail at Commercial Avenue. Results from the public survey, parking and traffic studies helped the City select the final roadway design, which added buffered bike lanes and retains most on-street parking by removing the two-way left-turn lane along much of the corridor. With the exception of a few key intersections along Madison, this center turn lane is not required to maintain vehicular capacity of the roadway. At these key intersections, turn pockets were maintained. This new layout narrowed vehicle lanes, which will encourage reduced vehicle speeds along the corridor, increasing safety for bicyclists, pedestrians and vehicles.
For more information on the background and public survey phase of this project, see the video below.
Spring 2022: Public survey completed.
Summer 2022: Parking and traffic studies completed.
Fall 2022: Engineering design of selected configuration completed.
Spring 2023: Phase 1 construction - grinding of the existing roadway, installing traffic signal loops and repaving.
Summer 2023: Phases 2 and 3 - adjusting surface utilities in the roadway, restoration of permanent pavement marking and addition of one-way buffered bike lanes along the curb on both sides of Madison Street.