Xenia Avenue Bike Lanes
Project Details & Contact Information
What is the project?
The City of Dayton proposes to improve bicycle access and safety on Xenia Avenue, from Keowee Street to Linden Avenue. As currently proposed, the following improvement will be undertaken:
- Install signage and pavement markings (sharrows) from Keowee Street to McClure Street to alert drivers to cyclists and encourage shared lane usage.
- From McClure Street to Linden Avenue, modify the roadway cross section to provide dedicated bike lanes.
- Provide a new bike path connection from Highland Hills Avenue to the Steve Whalen Bike Path.
- Improve Xenia Avenue for the length of the corridor with new pavement, curb ramps, and sidewalk repair.
The project will not alter the existing roadway width. To allow for improvements, some on-street parking will be eliminated, as detailed further. The project will start in the spring 2023 and take about 6 months to construct.
Why is this project needed?
The Xenia Avenue corridor currently lacks bicycle facilities and pedestrian traffic is hindered by damaged/degraded sidewalk facilities and non-ADA compliant ramps. There is currently not a connection from Xenia Avenue to the Steve Whalen Bike Path, which provides a connection to downtown Dayton.
The project is intended to improve access both within and between the neighborhoods along Xenia Avenue and to the downtown area. The bike lanes and better defined parking are also expected to calm traffic, improving the travel experience for cyclists and pedestrians.
How is this project funded?
This project will be funded using a combination of Federal Transportation Alternatives and City of Dayton general capital funds.
Who proposed this project and who is responsible for oversight?
The City of Dayton applied for and received federal transportation funds through the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission. ODOT, as steward of the federal funds, will provide oversight of the project.
What is a sharrow or shared lane marking?
A sharrow is a traffic symbol that allows bike and vehicle users to share the same lane of traffic. The sharrows will be used to help preserve the on-street parking. Sharrow or shared lanes will be on Xenia Avenue from Keowee Street to McClure Street in both directions. A shared lane will be on west bound Xenia Avenue from Linden Avenue to Parrot Street.
Will right-of-way acquisition be required?
No. All construction should be in the existing right-of-way.
Will any historic properties be affected?
An evaluation of the corridor for historic resources, and the project effect on any identified historic properties, will be undertaken as part of the environmental review of the corridor. At this time, there are no properties within the corridor that are listed on, or known to be eligible for, the National Register of Historic Places.
If you are concerned that the project will affect historic properties and would like to comment on our decision-making regarding historic properties, please complete the section of the comment form titled, "Section 106 Consulting Party Request." Comments are requested by 04/30/2021.
Will pedestrian facilities be improved?
The sidewalks will be updated as needed. The raised concrete pedestrian islands will be replaced at the Xenia Avenue and Boltin Street intersection for improved pedestrian safety. Curb ramps will be updated as needed for ADA-compliance.
How will the project affect bus access?
Greater Dayton RTA bus routes along Xenia Avenue will remain in service during construction, although temporary stop closures and relocations may be necessary for safety reasons. Advance notice of any temporary closures/relocations will be provided at affected stops.
How will traffic be maintained during construction?
Traffic will be maintained with at least one lane in each direction open on Xenia Avenue. Cross streets may be closed. Detours will be posted for all closures. Pedestrian access will be maintained on at least on side of the street at all times.
Why can’t project be constructed sooner?
Many factors go into developing a schedule for construction of a federal aid project of this site. In addition to providing time for data collection, project design, and quality control review, the schedule must also provide for public involvement, environmental review, environmental permitting, right of way negotiations, and utility relocations.
Why can’t these moneys be used elsewhere or on more urgently needed improvements?
The money from the Federal Government for this project is specifically allocated to pay for the section of Xenia Avenue being reconstructed.
How will utilities be impacted in this project when all utility relocations occur?
Currently, impacts to utilities are expected to be limited to the publicly owned storm sewer within the corridor. Resetting of any catch basins will occur during the project construction. If private utilities are found to require relocation, these relocations will be performed by the individual utility owners and may take place several months prior to the actual project start.
How will the project affect travel times through the corridor with the addition of shared lanes or bike lanes?
The estimated bike traffic is low and should have little to no effect on travel time.
Why aren't bike lanes being provided on both sides of the corridor and/or for the whole length of the corridor?
The cost to widen the road is too much, and some houses only have access from the street, so on- street parking is needed for that house owner.
How will the road cross section change?
The existing pavement width will not change, but the lane usage will.
How will this project effect on street parking?
On-street parking will be prohibited along the following portions of the project roadway, to accommodate the bike lanes:
- North side of Xenia Avenue:
- From McClure Street to Steve Whalen Blvd
- South side of Xenia Avenue:
- From Steele Avenue to Dover Street
- From Parrot Street to Linden Avenue
What is the current status of decision making on this project?
No final decisions regarding any proposed improvements have been made at this time. The City is seeking public input, in order to ensure the best possible decisions are made for the community. We welcome your input and encourage you to provide comments.
Ruth Bickel, Design ENGINEER
The environmental review, consultation and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated 12/14/2020, and executed by FHWA and ODOT.