How will the Laurel Valley Hill residents access the Franklin Boulevard Corridor? What are some ways that the residents will go in and out of the neighborhood onto Franklin?

Laurel Valley Hill residents will approach Franklin Boulevard similarly to how they do today. They will drive under the I-5 southbound entrance ramp and turn left at the Riverview Street intersection at a new roundabout that will terminate the I-5 off-ramp at Riverview.  

The design concept includes changes to the way Laurel Valley Hill residents get home from Franklin Boulevard by eliminating the existing connection from the southbound I-5 ramp and converting the existing northbound I-5 off-ramp into a two-way street from Franklin Boulevard to Riverview Street. This reconfiguration improves access to I-5 south and eastbound Franklin Boulevard, which is currently limited. It also provides additional safety benefits to people walking and biking in and out of the neighborhood.  

That said, discussions with community stakeholders may result in keeping Laurel Hill Valley access as is. Laurel Hill Valley access changes will likely not be part of the first phase of Franklin Blvd construction that is scheduled to begin in 2026. 

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1. What is the project?
2. Why is it needed?
3. What is the project area?
4. How has the public influenced the design concept?
5. Why spend this planning effort here and not on other roads more in need of safety improvements?
6. Is the design decided?
7. Why did the City decide to incorporate roundabouts into the concept plan?
8. How will the Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) impact the traffic flow on Franklin Boulevard? Are these going to be better than signalized intersections? If yes, how?
9. How will cars and buses merge into two lanes at the far side of a roundabout?
10. How will the City educate residents on safely and properly using the roundabouts?
11. There's a lot of bike traffic crossing Onyx St. How will people walking and biking get across?
12. How will the City make the roundabouts safe for people walking or biking? How are people walking and biking going to navigate their way around the roundabouts?
13. Will there be enough time for vehicles turning right onto Franklin between Onyx St and 11th Ave to cross into the left-turn lanes to get onto E.11th Ave?
14. On the east end of 15th Ave, will there be any eastbound railway crossing for people walking and biking?
15. How will the Laurel Valley Hill residents access the Franklin Boulevard Corridor? What are some ways that the residents will go in and out of the neighborhood onto Franklin?
16. Will the left-hand turn from Franklin to Orchard be eliminated?
17. How will the access to Market of Choice (MoC) and Hirons for East and West-bound traffic work on Franklin?
18. How will the residents on Sylvan Street access the roundabout at the base of Riverview Street near Exit 192?
19. How will the traffic congestion following Matthew Knight Arena events be improved or impacted with fewer traffic lanes available on Franklin?
20. If businesses along Franklin lose street access or parking, how will the city satisfy the business requirements to operate?
21. How will roundabouts, with their promise of continuous traffic flow, affect the ability of neighborhood residents to turn west from the south side of Franklin?
22. How will the elimination of the south turn from Franklin onto Orchard impact the viability of Market of Choice and Hirons?
23. Will the new pedestrian crosswalk on the west side of Villard that crosses Franklin impede the turning ability of neighborhood residents wanting to turn west on Franklin?