Transportation Projects

The Capital Projects team consists of engineers, project inspectors, and a utility coordinator.  The team is responsible for the large construction projects within the City of Norman. Staff manages project budgets, hires consultants to design the City’s  transportation projects, relocates any conflicting utilities, purchases the necessary rights-of-way and constructs and inspects the projects.

Safety, along with minimizing construction impacts and delays to drivers in Norman, is a primary goal for staff.  We understand that construction zones can become confusing so we strive to provide drivers with the clearest marked route.

Our goal is to provide the citizens of Norman with the best quality roads and bridges while maximizing the uses of funds and minimizing the impact to citizens throughout the process.

Current Projects

Lindsey Street

The City of Norman hired the consulting team of Cabbiness Engineering (a local, Norman firm) and Garver, LLC (a regional firm with a Norman office) to prepare a conceptual plan of what a widened Lindsey Street from Berry Road west to Interstate 35 might look like.  The impetus behind the decision to hire the consulting team is the potential for a Bond Election for transportation and storm water projects in June, 2012, that might include this portion of Lindsey Street.

A Public Forum was held at the Sooner Legends Inn and Suites on Thursday evening, March 15, 2012.  A PowerPoint presentation was presented at the Public Forum and has since been modified to reflect comments from the Public Forum.  To view the current PowerPoint presentation, please click on the following link: Public Forum Presentation.  To view an informational brochure prepared specifically for the Public Forum, please click on the following link:  Public Forum Brochure.  To view a 3-Dimensional Conceptual Plan for the Lindsey Street Corridor, please see the following: 

 

Components of Moving Foward

Community Transportation Survey

The results of the statistically valid community transportation survey conducted during the initial stages of scoping and development of guiding principles and goals are available and can be viewed at Survey Results.

Comprehensive Transportation Plan Report

The Norman City Council adopted the first Comprehensive Transportation Plan for the City of Norman on May 13, 2014.  The final draft of the report text is being made available by clicking on CTP Text.  The appendices contain all of the pages and pages of data that supported the development of the CTP Text.  This very large file of the appendices is also being made available by clicking on CTP Appendices.

Citizen Visioning Committee and Steering Committee

Citizens Visioning Committee

The original Citizens Visioning Committee (CVC) for the development of the Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) vision and goals was comprised of Chris Applegate (Red Earth Group, Sierra Club), Roger Brown (Norman Public Schools), Teresa Capps (Chair--Social and Voluntary Services Commission), Nick Hathaway (OU Vice President for Administration and Finance), Harold Heiple (Norman Developer's Council), Marion Hutchison (ONTRAC Board), Doug Myers (Director--CART), Chris Nanny (Chair--CART Disability Advisory Committee), Janice Oak (Progressive Independence), Renee O'Leary (United Way--Senior Council/Positive Aging Influence), Helen Robertson (Representative--Bicycle Advisory Committtee), Tom Sherman (Chair--Chamber Transportation Committee), Joe Sparks (Chair--Norman Convention and Visitor's Bureau), Walt Strong (Administrator--Westheimer Airport), Chuck Thompson (Chair--Central OK Regional Advocacy Alliance), Larry Walker (Chair--Public Art Board), and Brad Worster (Commercial Realtor/Norman Next).

As the CTP moves forward from visioning to analysis, recommendations and documentation, the citizen involvement in the CTP is increased to include members of the original CVC plus additional citizens, organized into four sub-committees to interface with City staff as well as the consulting team.  These sub-committees include 1) Automobile Capacity and Quality of Service and Parking; 2) Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility and Safety and Streetscape; 3) Transit Capacity and Quality of Service; and 4) Freight Movement, Airports and Emergency Response.  Each of these sub-committees will be chaired or co-chaired by a current member of the CVC in order to facilitate the flow of information between the CVC and the various sub-committees.

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee for the visioning and goal setting stage of the CTP was comprised of members of the City Council's Community Planning and Transportation Committee.  This Committee will also serve as the Steering Committee as the CTP moves forward from visioning into analysis, recommendations and documentation.

 

Links

Throughout the listening phase of the Moving Forward Comprehensive Transportation Plan Scoping Effort, we have heard that a number of links to various plans should be provided on this webpage.

Moving Forward

Moving Forward at a glance

Moving Forward is the name given to the City of Norman's first Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) adopted in May, 2014.  The Moving Forward CTP serves as the City of Norman’s long-term vision for a range of transportation options and accommodations including vehicles, bicycling, walking, and public transit services.  It identifies future transportation needs of the area, goals and policies, and short-term and long-term capital investments for improvements to existing roads, construction of new roads, bicycle, pedestrian, and transit facilities.  Community input provided during the fall of 2011 helped to provide direction for preparing goals and policies that serve as the foundation and vision for drafting the City’s CTP.  Additional community input during the summer and fall of 2013 aided in the ultimate adoption of the CTP in May, 2014.

A Comprehensive Transportation Plan for the City of Norman

A plan, or planning, involves looking ahead and trying to address future perceived needs, circumstances, or goals with coherent strategy or strategies assuring that the resources needed are identified and available and intelligently applied, when needed. Planning is the process by which a community assesses what it is and what it wants to become, and then decides how to make that happen. A transportation plan addresses the relationship between transportation and land use and helps implement community values and the ability to connect neighborhoods to destinations.

The City of Norman embarked on a multi-year process to develop a Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) for our community called “Moving Forward”. The CTP identifies future transportation needs for the area, goals and policies, and short-term and long-term capital investments for improvements to existing roads, construction of new roads, bicycle, pedestrian, and transit facilities. It provides a framework for a balanced transportation system that offers choices in how people travel, supported by a realistic approach to fund improvements.  The “Moving Forward” Plan, as the CTP has been named, serves as Norman’s long-term vision for a range of transportation options and accommodations including personal and commercial vehicles, bicycling, walking, and public transit services.

Two groups were appointed to guide the development of the CTP for Norman.  These include a Citizens Visioning Committee and a Steering Committee.  The Citizens Visioning Committee assisted in developing a mental picture of what residents want Norman to look and feel like in the future.  The Steering Committee served as the liaison to the Norman City Council and kept the decision-makers in step with the plan as it progressed.  These committees provided input and recommendations and help guide the community involvement for the CTP.

Community input helped provide policy direction for decisions related to planning transportation facilities in the City.  The primary goal of this process was to plan for a well-balanced transportation system that offers choices in how people travel and is supported by a realistic plan to fund these improvements.  Guiding principles from which the project goals were developed included:  1) A Special Place to Live; 2) Mobility; 3) Maintain and Preserve Existing Infrastructure; 4) Fiscal Stewardship; and  5) Enhance Economic Vitality.

In November, 2012, the City hired a consulting team led by Freese and Nichols, Inc. (FNI), to lead the development of the plan, incorporating the vision and goals developed in the earlier efforts (led by Lochner).  FNI is a transportation, planning, and engineering firm founded in 1894 and has assisted cities in the planning and preparation of community plans, transportation plans, and infrastructure design for over 100 years.  The first CTP was adopted in May of 2014.

 

Presentations

The Citizen's Visioning Committee that was established to guide the Visioning Phase of this project has been retained to lead the efforts of the plan development.  This Committee has been subdivided into four modal sub-committees.  These include 1) Automobile Capacity and Quality of Service and Parking; 2) Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility and Safety and Streetscape; 3) Transit Capacity and Quality of Service; and 4) Freight Movement, Airports and Emergency Response.  These committees will meet in a series of five meetings to discuss various aspects of the plan.

 

  1. The first sub-committee meeting was held on Thursday, February 7, 2013, at the Norman High School Conference Center.  A copy of the that presentation is found by clicking February 7 Sub-Committee Meeting #1.
  2. The second sub-committee meeting was held on Monday, February 20, 2013, at the Norman High School Conference Center.  A copy of that presentation is found by clicking February 20 Sub-Committee Meeting #2.
  3. The third sub-committee meeting was held on Monday, March 25, 2013, at the Norman High School Conference Center.  A copy of that presentation is found by clicking March 25 Sub-Committee Meeting #3.
  4. A City Council Study Session was held on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, to update the Norman City Council on the progress to date for the Comprehensive Transportation Plan.  A copy of the presentation made to Council is found by clicking April 2 Council Study Session.
  5. A special presentation was made on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, to the Chamber of Commerce Transportation and Aviation Committee.  A copy of the presentation is found by clicking April 9 Transportation/Aviation Meeting.
  6. The first Public Open House was held on Monday, April 15, 2013, in the Norman City Council Chambers.  A copy of the presentation is found by clicking April 15 Public Open House.
  7. A special presentation was made on Thursday, April 25, 2013, to a group of OU students on the OU Campus.  A copy of the presentation is found by clicking April 25 OU Student Meeting.
  8. The fourth sub-committee meeting was held on Thursday, April 25, 2013, at the Norman High School Library.  A copy of that presentation is found by clicking April 25 Sub-Committee Meeting #4.
  9. The fifth sub-committee meeting was held on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at the Norman High School Conference Center.  A copy of that presentation is found by clicking May 23 Sub-Committee Meeting #5.
  10. A City Council Study Session was held on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, to update the Norman City Council on the progress to date for the Comprehensive Transportation Plan.  A copy of the presentation made to Council is found by clicking on September 10 Council Study Session.
  11. A second Public Open House will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2013, in the Library at Norman High School.  A copy of the invitiation is found by clicking on September 26 Public Open House Invitation.  A copy of the presentation is found by clicking on September 26 Public Open House Presentation.
  12. The public comments at the Second Public Open House are now available.  Please review Bicycle-Pedestrian Comments, Transit Comments, Thoroughfare Comments, and Miscellaneous Comments.  In addition, the Agenda for the meeting has also been posted.
  13. The CVC sub-committee meeting was held on Monday afternoon, February 24, 2014, in the City of Norman's municipal complex in order to unveil the draft plan to the sub-committee members and to obtain final comments prior to the public hearing process.  A copy of that presentation is found by clicking February 24 CVC Sub-Committee Meeting.
  14. The Council Planning and Transportation Committee heard a presentation on Monday evening, February 24, 2014, concerning the draft Comprehensive Transportation Plan prior to the beginning of the public hearing process.  A copy of that presentation is found by clicking February 24 CPTC Meeting.
  15. An informational presentation was made to the Norman Planning Commission on Thursday evening, March 13, 2014.  A copy of that presentation is found by clicking March 13 Planning Commission Meeting.
  16. A presentation was made to a Council Study Session on Tuesday evening, March 18, 2014.  A copy of that presentation is found by clicking March 18 Council Study Session.
  17. A public hearing was held at the Planning Commission on April 10, 2014.  One of the purposes of that hearing was for the Planning Commission to approve a Resolution to Council recommending approval of the Comprehensive Transportation Plan.  A copy of that presentation is found by clicking April 10 Planning Commission Meeting.
  18. A public hearing was held at the City Council Meeting on May 13, 2014.  This presentation was designed to inform Council and the public of the last steps in the process prior to Council adoption of the Comprehensive Transportation Plan.  A copy of that presentation is found by clicking May 13 Council Presentation.

Moving Forward FAQ

What is a Comprehensive Transportation Plan?

Planning is the process by which a community assesses what it is and what it wants to become, and then decides how to make that happen.  A transportation plan addresses the relationship between transportation and land use, and helps implement community values and the ability to connect neighborhoods to destinations.  The Plan will identify future transportation needs of the area, goals and policies, and short-term and long-term capital investments for improvements to existing roads, construction of new roads, bicycle, pedestrian, and transit facilities.  It will provide a framework for a balanced transportation system that offers choices in how people travel, supported by a realistic approach to fund improvements.  Moving Forward will consider all transportation modes including vehicles, bicycling, walking, and public transit services.

Why do we need to Plan?

As congestion increases on area roadways due to growth, development, and more travel through the region it is clear that the current transportation network in Norman will not be sufficient to accommodate future needs and economic development opportunities.  In addition, it is important to address alternative transportation options, and ensure consistency with the regional 2030 Oklahoma City Area Regional Transportation Study (OCARTS) and federal legislation.  Beyond these reasons, long-range transportation planning makes good sense.  Planning involves citizens and key stakeholders, increases efficiency and effectiveness of investments, and promotes a broader range of transportation services and infrastructure design that is consistent with the desires and character of the community.

Who is conducting the planning process?

A Steering Committee of Norman City Council members and a Citizen Visioning Committee of community members provided recommendations and helped to guide the development of recommendations and implementation strategies for the Plan.  The City has also hired the firm of Freese and Nichols, Inc., to lead the consulting team effort to develop the Plan.  Freese and Nichols, Inc., has assisted cities in the planning and preparation of community plans, transportation plans, and infrastructure design for more than 100 years.

 

What is the timeline? When will the Plan be completed?

The community listening process, including the various community meetings and opportunities to receive information through web sites and social media including the City of Norman Facebook page, and development of the transportation planning goals and policies were completed in early 2012.  The Norman City Council approved the contract to develop the full Plan in November 2012.  A draft Plan is expected to be ready for City Council review by the end of 2013.  The final plan was adopted by the Norman City Council on May 13, 2014.

Contact information

For more information please contact David Riesland, City Traffic Engineer, at the City of Norman by telephone at (405) 329-0528 or by E-mail at [email protected].