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Vision Zero

What is Vision Zero?

Vision Zero is Harrisburg’s strategy to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries in the city within 10 years. Vision Zero strategies are in use around the country and around the world. In Harrisburg, Vision Zero is a city-wide program that focuses on safety for all road users: those who walk, ride bicycles, ride the bus, and drive in cars.

Vision Zero kicks off with the first in a series of “rapid response” projects, this one on State Street, that will address hot spots in the Harrisburg street network. The Vision Zero planning process will produce a city-wide Vision Zero policy that includes an action plan and schedule for implementation.

Maps

The interactive maps linked below, termed a High Injury Network, represent a collection of crash datasets from within Harrisburg’s city limits. The red lines represent the most crash-prone streets in the city – those that form the network of highest injuries.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does Vision Zero start and end?

Mayor Papenfuse kicked off Vision Zero Harrisburg in May 2018. The Vision Zero plan is expected to be completed in 6-8 months, and will be implemented in phases beginning in 2018 and continuing through 2028.

What is included in Vision Zero?

Following intensive public input starting at the neighborhood level, the Vision Zero Harrisburg planning team will produce an action plan with policy, program, and road design recommendations to improve safety for all users of Harrisburg streets. Together with the public, city officials will examine existing roadway conditions, note road user behavior patterns, and review city accident data.

This data, along with direct surveys from Harrisburg residents and other road users, will be used in a community workshop where the public can help to create change in road design and road user behavior. The planning process will consider such things as changes in: policy, road design, and local ordinances, as well as educational programs and targeted enforcement. Some changes may be implemented quickly. All parts of the process will begin with opportunities for community input that will continue throughout.

Why is Harrisburg creating a Vision Zero plan?

Vision Zero is used by cities around the world to reduce and eliminate serious injuries and deaths on local roadways. In Harrisburg, Vision Zero is responding to an increasing number of serious accidents, including fatalities, on Harrisburg roadways.

Where is the study focused?

The first phase of the study takes place this summer with a “rapid response” project on State Street. The overall Vision Zero plan will include all of Harrisburg, as well as additional “rapid response” projects on other streets.

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Projects

The City of Harrisburg’s Vision Zero program encompasses a number of important transportation and public space improvement projects. This page will be updated as projects take shape and as new projects are added.

East-West Multimodal Connection Project

Improvements to Walnut Street between Front Street and 4th Street and Chestnut Street between 3rd Street and 4th Street. The City of Harrisburg invites the public to watch a virtual presentation for public information and comment on the E-W Multimodal Connection project.

 

Walnut Street Concept

This concept involves improvements on Walnut Street from Front Street to 4th Street including:

  • An eastbound contra-flow bike lane
  • Sharrow lane-markings for westbound bicyclists
  • A raised intersection at Walnut Street and 2nd Street, including a new traffic signal
  • A raised crosswalk at Court Street
  • A new bus stop location at 3rd Street
  • Several sidewalk, driveway entrance, and curb ramp improvements

Chestnut Street Concept

This concept involves improvements on Chestnut Street from 3rd Street to 4th Street including:

  • Eastbound and Westbound bike lanes
  • A raised crosswalk at South Dewberry Street
  • A bus loading and unloading area
  • Several sidewalk and curb ramp improvements
  • Re-striping the Dewberry Street Loop to increase parking

PROJECT ACTIVITIES

November/December 2020: Public Engagement
November 17, 2020: Pop-Up Event
January 2020-February 2020: Preliminary Engineering

State Street Rapid Response

In the past two years, four pedestrians have been killed trying to cross State Street, with many other serious injuries city-wide. The “rapid response” project will make physical and operational changes to State Street, at the same time as the City develops a City-wide Vision Zero plan with the input of residents and community members.

Project Activities

  • May 2018: Kickoff Meeting
  • May 2018: Word in the Burg
  • May 2018: State Street Community Survey
  • June 2018: Mayor’s Task Force Kickoff Meeting
  • June 2018: State Street Community Meeting
  • July 2018: State Street Community Workshop
  • August – October 2018: State Street Initial Improvements and Rapid Response Concept Development
  • November 2018: Mayor’s Task Force Meeting
  • December 2018 – August 2020: Coordination with PennDOT
  • September 2020: Pop-Up Event
  • December 2020: Final Design
  • March 2021: Construction Begins

Initial Improvements

The following improvements have already been applied along the State Street corridor. These are quick and easy ways to improve pedestrian safety while more major road improvements are designed and approved.

The following improvements have already been applied along the State Street corridor. These are quick and easy ways to improve pedestrian safety while more major road improvements are designed and approved.

  • School Zones
    • Installed new street lights at 16th Street, and between 17th and 18th Streets.
    • Painted “School” on travel lanes in advance of school zones.
    • Upgraded School Zone flashers to LED to improve visibility.
  • Traffic Signals
    • Upgraded all signal heads to the new larger standard (12 inches).
    • Installed reflective tape on all signal faces.
    • Installed new pedestrian buttons and signs at 13th Street, 15th Street, and Civil War Drive.
  • Vehicle Speeds
    • Painted speed lines (VASCAR) at 2 locations to assist local speed enforcement.
    • Continuing to deploy speed feedback signs at varying locations along State Street.
  • Pavement Markings
    • Improved pavement markings at Civil War Drive intersection.
  • Trees
    • Tree trimming along the whole of State Street.

Major Road Improvements

The City of Harrisburg and PennDOT are currently considering a range of road design changes that are meant to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety along State Street while maintaining the ability for drivers to access the central and eastern parts of Harrisburg.

These PDF documents give the background on the State Street project, show the research to date, and offer some possible road configurations that are currently under study. NOTE: Designs are subject to change.

2nd Street Two-Way Conversion

Work to convert N 2nd Street between Division Street and Forster Street to two-way operations has been underway since early 2018. The City of Harrisburg has invited the public to participate in an interactive meeting and community survey to develop a vision for the future of N 2nd Street.

Project Activities

  • November 2018: 2nd Street Community Meeting and Workshop
  • December 2018: 2nd Street Community Survey

Initial Analysis & Research

A community meeting and workshop was held on November 7th, 2018 at St@rtup Harrisburg. Over 100 attendees learned about the work that has occurred so far on the possible options for two-way operations along 2nd Street (slide deck linked below), and then participated in a creative design workshop to share their opinions on how best to improve the corridor.

2nd Street Public Workshop Presentation 


Community Survey

From November 21st to December 5th, the City of Harrisburg ran an online survey of residents and other users of N 2nd Street to find out the community’s preferences for the upcoming two-way conversion of the street.

674 people responded to the survey, representing residents of the surrounding community and commuters who use the corridor on a regular basis. Respondents overwhelming asked for improvements to N 2nd Street that will keep pedestrians safe as they walk in the area, and for additional grocery and restaurant options in the neighborhood.

The complete results are available in the document below.

2nd Street Community Survey Results

3rd Street & Chestnut Street Bike Lanes

As part of the 3rd Street Multimodal project, contractors will be installing new bike lanes on 3rd Street and Chestnut Streets this fall. On 3rd Street a Northbound contra-flow bike lane will be installed between Chestnut Street and Walnut Street. Sharrows will be installed in the southbound direction. On Chestnut Street a eastbound and westbound bike lanes will be installed between Front Street and 4th Street.

Division Street Bridge Study

A project is currently underway to study the proposed Division Street Bridge that will link Uptown Harrisburg with HACC and the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Mulder Square Intersection Improvements

This project will construct a mini-roundabout at the intersection Mulberry Street and Derry Street to serve as a gateway to the Allison Hill Community. This intersection is within Harrisburg’s Vision Zero High Injury Network. In addition to the traffic calming effects of the roundabout, other improvements that meet the Vision Zero initiative include complain curb ramps, a raised crosswalk, sidewalk bulb-outs that shorten pedestrian crossing lengths, and improved intersection lighting. Construction is currently scheduled for 2020.

    Front Street-Forster Street Improvement Concept

    This project will revise the configuration of the intersection of Front Street and Forster Street by removing the unnecessary slip lane from the bridge to Front Street. This intersection falls within Harrisburg’s Vision Zero High Injury Network. Removing this slip lane will shorten pedestrian crossings on the west side of the intersection. The project will also add complaint curb ramps with detectable warning surfaces and pedestrian push buttons to all curb ramps. Other potential improvements include additional sidewalk bulb-outs in the north east and south east side of the intersection and pedestrian median refuges on Forster Street.

    7th Street Reconstruction

    This project will reconstruct 7th Street from Herr Street to Reily Street, which falls on Harrisburg’s Vision Zero High Injury Network. Elements include a large landscaped median on 7th Street, an urban multi-lane roundabout at the intersection Reily Street, a two-way cycle track on the southbound side of 7th Street, a protected intersection at Herr Street, two mid-block pedestrian crossings with raised crosswalks near the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency building, and upgraded transit facilities, such as a floating bus stop. Construction is currently scheduled for Summer of 2019 into Fall of 2020.

    Market Street & Dewberry Street Raised Intersection

    Raised intersections, similar to speed tables, slow traffic at key points in the roadway. This helps pedestrians cross an intersection more safely. The newest raised intersection in the City of Harrisburg will be at the intersection of Market and Dewberry Streets near Strawberry Square.