Enhanced Street Network
‘Smart Streets’ in Central Visakhapatnam
Elements would include 5% concept engineering, capital cost estimation, property requirements and environmental and social impact assessments associated with implementing corridor upgrade of arterial roads for vehicle, pedestrian, non-vehicle, bus and bus rapid transit (BRT) modes of travel.
Enhanced inter-city arterials
A central component of Vizag’s transformation into a “smart” city would be the redesign of its major arterial roads into multimodal corridors. The 6 km pilot project for this program is currently being designed under Vizag’s Smart City Challenge. A larger pilot project would be phased over a 4-8 year period, to eventually include all of the major arterials in Vizag’s city centre. Recommended improvements include rationalized sidewalk widths based on anticipated pedestrian flows; geometric changes at intersections to improve pedestrian safety, including safety islands for wider street crossings, high-visibility marking of pedestrian crossings, and pedestrian signals; urban design solutions to prevent vehicles from using sidewalks for parking while maintaining safe sight distances for vehicles along roadways and at intersections; parallel on-street parking at key commercial locations; planting areas to buffer pedestrian paths where space permits; improved bus stops that are secure, safe, convenient, and provide real-time bus information; use of solar cells to generate electricity for lighting at bus stops and electronic informational signage dedicated full or peak-period BRT lanes; electronic information signage that indicates parking locations and availability to drivers.