Traffic lanes on much of Route 66 in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, would be reduced from four lanes to two as one aspect of a revitalization plan proposed by a consultant.
Planning consultant Sarah Ijadi presented the ideas for the Downtown Santa Rosa Revitalization Plan in the city-county government complex in Santa Rosa, according to the July 27 print edition of The Communicator.
The newspaper reported:
Areas closest to the Interstate 40 freeway ramps would remain at four lanes, but the preliminary plan calls for the biggest changes, including a reduction of Route 66 traffic lanes, between the Pecos River Bridge and the long-dormant Western Motel.
[…] The concept near the downtown is to reduce the number of travel lanes from four to two, create a landscaped center median with left turn “bays,” add roadside parking, bike lanes and wider sidewalks — all to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment that’s safer and more appealing to visitors.
Other ideas included a nostalgic gateway off Interstate 40 on the city’s west side (pictured above) and a microbrewery at the Tower Motel complex and a coffee shop near the historic Ilfeld-Johnson Warehouse near downtown.
Conceptual drawings by Lisa Flynn of the ideas also were presented.
Ijadi and the local government are taking opinions from residents before presenting their final recommendations in October.
Of course, any of these recommendations get enacted will cost a lot of money, plus entrepreneurs willing to take a chance on the aforementioned businesses. At the least, it’s a long-term blueprint for the city.
The Route 66 town of Barstow, California, took a look at a similar revitalization plan about a year ago.
(Conceptual drawings of Santa Rosa, New Mexico, courtesy of Lisa Flynn)