The Public Works department named the Lonnbladh Road area as needing improvements three years ago as part of the Pedestrian and Street Safety (PASS) program, a program that sought to create a list of city roads in need of pedestrian improvements. At the time this list was being created, Public Works staff held a public meeting with area residents to discuss the possibility of future pedestrian improvements to their area. Shortly after this meeting, Public Works staff was reassigned to another project within the PASS program and the Lonnbladh Road Improvement Project fell inactive for two years. Last year, Public Works staff picked up the project once more and held another public meeting with the residents of Laurelwood Lane, a neighborhood directly off of Lonnbladh Road.
Lonnbladh Road is classified as a minor collector with a rural roadway section; the roadway, which connects Capital Circle NE to Centerville Road via Olson Road, features no or minimal shoulders and open ditches on either side. Because of the high vehicular traffic, pedestrian activity and bicycle volumes, the Lonnbladh Road area has been deemed as a high priority pedestrian safety project by the Public Works department.
In order to make the roadway more pedestrian friendly, the Public Works department will construct sidewalks along both sides of the entire roadway, complete with curb cuts. Additionally, the Public Works department will fill in the adjacent ditches with an enclosed storm water system that will help with flooding along the nearby Greer Road.