#2 - Re-think 6th Street
6th Street from Monmouth to the Bellevue Kroger is a main thoroughfare of activity through northern Newport. Kids walk to and from school, and Newport residents move to and from the Campbell County library, and our beloved Kroger (that we worried we would lose when the new Kroger opened in Newport Pavilion). Add to this OneStop for libations, restaurants (although mostly fast food), a gas station, Goodwill, a dry cleaner, and Big Lots.
This is a place of everyday resources for both Bellevue and Newport residents. Yet it seems to exist without much attention in favor of more historic avenues like Rte 8 through Bellevue and Monmouth through Newport.
One of the main draws to living in Newport or Bellevue is the urban living benefits that so many are looking for these days. And having a tailor-made area geared toward this type of resident that walks or bikes as part of their everyday activities will make the draw to these two cities that much stronger.
Which brings us to the next picture of what's possible. A re-worked 6th Street from Newport to Bellevue.
How many of you have biked to these shops along 6th? It's a little scary because of the lack of room/shoulders to ride on. And crossing under 471, it's hard to tell where the sidewalk ends and the street begins. Forget about getting to The Party Source via Riviera from 6th on bike. With no shoulder and high amounts of traffic, that's just asking for trouble and not a pleasant experience.
But here's the good news. There is already plenty of room in the right of way for another solution (see picture at right), both along 6th through Newport AND around the shopping center.
Can you picture it? Let me help:
I'm talking about what's known in urban planning circles as a road diet. It's a way to rework the existing size of roadways to fit and reflect the needs and wants of those who use them and live around them.
Check out what other cities have done.
Then picture the future possibilities below in Newport and Bellevue.
A variation of this road diet could occur on 6th through the East Row. Top photo shows existing road at 6th and Park, below that picture the possibilities.
Now look at it from an elevation view (below). The top sketch shows the current layout on 6th through the East Row, the bottom sketch shows that same stretch of 6th after a road diet, using the space already available in the right of way. Parking would not be lost because of the parking/tree buffer option (see inset below). The trees on that side of the street currently are severely pruned because they are under utility lines, so this project would also address getting the right trees in the right places (thus avoiding unsightly pruning).
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