Worthington leaders are expected to finalize a “complete-streets” plan by the end of the year, but residents likely will not notice immediate changes, according to one city official.
The city’s service-department employees have been working closely with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission to create a complete-streets policy to make the streets more usable for everyone, said Jennifer Noll, principal planner for MORPC.
Dan Whited, the city’s director of service and engineering, said no cost to Worthington residents is associated with the project.
MORPC, which is a regional association of cities, villages, townships, counties and other central Ohio organizations, has its own complete-streets policy, but cities are encouraged to design their own so that it could be tailored to their needs, Noll said.
“What would work in Worthington wouldn’t work in a rural community,” she said.
Noll said some of the most common things that are included in a complete-streets plan are high-visibility and safe-crossing opportunities for pedestrians, as well as bus lanes, sidewalks and other related elements.
Whited said that the planning process for Worthington is in the middle stages.
Whited said he couldn’t speak to any specifics that would affect residents, but changes would not be noticeable immediately.
“It’ll definitely be a progressive change over time,” he said.
He said the next phase is to figure out how to incorporate the types of roads that are present in Worthington into the plan.
Whited said city leaders also are using the city’s master plan for bicycles and pedestrians and utilizing the Worthington Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board for input on ideas.
“We’ll be using the input from that process to inform this one,” he said.