The purpose of access management is to provide vehicular access to developed land in a manner that preserves the safety and efficiency of the transportation system. The land use context, the functional intent of the road, and the engineering constraints of each project influence the specific access management techniques for any given project.
In the areas indicated on the “Access Management Focus Areas” map at right it is anticipated that retail uses will be increased. Good access management is important across the city, but even more so in these commercial areas of high activity where vehicle and pedestrian safety, comfort, and circulation are crucial. Access should be taken from the intersecting Connector and Neighborhood streets. Cross access connections between uses are encouraged. When developments mid-block have to access the arterial, long shared-drives should be used. These reduce the number of places that traffic must slow for turning and allows multiple cars to safely exit the roadway into the parking lot before becoming backed up by turning movements in the parking lot.