In 2012, Newark, New Jersey adopted a Complete Streets policy.  The city has backed this policy by committing millions of dollars to making its streets more accommodating to all users, with projects currently in the works for Ferry Street, Broad Street, Mt. Prospect Ave, and more.  Recently, the city completed a reconfiguration of Irvine Turner Blvd that is consistent with the Complete Streets goal of providing a more livable community by improving safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, children, older citizens, non-drivers and the mobility challenged as well as those that cannot afford a car or choose to live car free.

Google Maps screenshots of the redesigned Irvine Turner Blvd at W Kinney St (left) and the old configuration (right)

Google Maps screenshots of the redesigned Irvine Turner Blvd at W Kinney St (left) and the old configuration (right)

As a wide street with wide travel lanes and a lack of good pedestrian or bicycle amenities, the previous incarnation of Irvine Turner Blvd served to accommodate one type of traveler: motorists, namely those traveling between I-78 and downtown Newark.  This came at the expense of local neighborhood residents.  As a Complete Street, the redesigned Irvine Turner Blvd reduced and narrowed lanes, adding a median barrier, raised intersections, bike lanes, new sidewalks and new signals.  The street is designed as an on-street bicycle route on the East Coast Greenway, and the new bike lanes provide a safe and convenient north/south route in and out of the city for bicyclists.

Some images from the new Irvine Turner Blvd can be seen in the following video produced by the East Coast Greenway.