How much latitude does a Town have in "adjusting" the width of Main Street as part of a comprehensive plan?

There are standards for highways (highlighted in a Tech Tip on highway standards linked below) including those prepared by AASHTO and the NYSDOT. However, there is quite a bit of flexibility if designs are made using the concepts of context sensitive design. As a starting point, the Local Roads Program's workbook on Complete Streets and Highway Standards for Low-Volume Roads in New York State are good references.

Main Street (looking north) in Buffalo, New York. To the right is the Iroquois Hotel (now demolished). c1900
Main Street (looking north), Buffalo, New York. 1900.
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Resources

Context sensitive solutions (CSS) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Cover of the Complete Streets workbook

Complete Streets: Planning Safer Communities for Bicyclists and Pedestrians (pdf)

 

 

 

 

Highway Standards for Low-Volume Roads in New York State (pdf)

Guidelines and Standards for Classifying & Managing Roads & Streets (pdf)

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