What were the steps taken to implement Complete Streets?
The process leading to the implementation of Complete Streets was extremely thorough. It’s the result of more than two years of extensive planning and engineering, and it’s the result of an enormous amount of professional, community and stakeholder participation:
• Following the adoption of the Complete Streets resolution by the Township Committee, the Township conducted a thorough vetting process to assemble the design team, which resulted in the selection of Arterial Streets, an innovative, locally based, highly responsive and cost-effective firm with successful experience in Complete Streets projects.
• The Township then began a two year design and engineering process that included, as part of the regular working group: multi-disciplinary design professionals, expert traffic engineers, our Township engineers, our Township administration and staff, our Township building official, the police department, the fire department, the DPW, emergency services and our Township forester.
• Once preliminary design options were advanced to a sufficient level, multiple public open houses were held to share the proposed plan with the public and get feedback, which was incorporated into the design on many levels during the evolution of the plan. Several open house sessions were held in the center of downtown during the peak of weekday pedestrian activity (to maximize turnout), where plan boards and streetscape samples were available to the public for review, questions, comments and input.
• Following further refinement, the plans were presented and reviewed at multiple stakeholder sessions that actively included the Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Millburn Development Alliance (both of which endorsed the plan), downtown business owners, all of the aforementioned departments and residents. The proposed plan was concurrently presented for review to the Board of Education (including their director of bussing), school PTO leaders, the Senior Citizens Advisory Board and in direct meetings with business owners throughout downtown.
• During each step of the design development process, the Complete Streets plan was provided to and discussed with the County and its engineers for review and coordination, and with the spectrum of utilities and other agencies relevant to implementation. The Township obtained all requisite permits and roadway maintenance approvals.
• Upon completion of the final proposed design, the Planning Board conducted a capital project review and affirmatively recommended the project to the Township Committee.
• The plans were then presented in public session of the Township Committee before residents, business owners and our local media, which carried the information to the public throughout the process. The Township added a Complete Streets page to the Millburn website with timelines, meeting notifications, visual materials, project information and progress updates throughout the design phase.
• From the start of the construction phase, the Township has updated the web page on a regular basis for progress and for pertinent traffic information to help people navigate our downtown during the construction work. Project representatives have gone door to door to merchants to inform them when construction is due to start in front of their shops. Sign boards have been placed downtown with drawings of the final product to help provide the community with a visual perspective of the final Complete Streets product.

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1. What is Complete Streets?
2. Why do we need Complete Streets?
3. What are the objectives of the Millburn Complete Streets initiative?
4. What are the key features of Complete Streets?
5. What were the steps taken to implement Complete Streets?
6. What is the status of the Complete Streets project?
7. What benefits have we already seen from Complete Streets?
8. Will there be more parking when Complete Streets is completed?
9. Will there be parallel parking downtown when Complete Streets is done?
10. What is reverse angle parking?
11. Why did we engineer the corner turns to be slightly tighter with the new Complete Streets design?
12. Has the design been engineered to ensure that trucks and emergency vehicles can make all of the required turning movements?
13. Have the trees been eliminated from Millburn Avenue or elsewhere in the downtown?
14. What separates the parallel parking spaces from the sidewalk when Complete Streets is completed?
15. Will there be parking meters downtown when Complete Streets is completed?
16. Who is responsible for shoveling the sidewalk in front on my property?
17. Where should snow be placed when shoveling?
18. Is there a particular ice melt or deicer that should be used on the concrete sidewalks and granite areas?
19. Who will remove snow from the flexible (concrete) parking spaces?
20. Who will plow Millburn Avenue?
21. What work has been done since the start of the project?