Freese and Nichols developed a Thoroughfare Master Plan for the City of Cedar Hill as a component of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The planning team used the city's travel demand model with updated socio-demographics from the Comprehensive Plan’s Future Land Use Plan to forecast traffic volumes, develop alternative transportation networks, and provide recommendations for roadway sizing and special corridor needs. Special considerations were formulated for future transit oriented development sites, corridor context and the south outer loop.
The thoroughfare plan recommended transportation network alternatives and provided new design standards for: functional classification of roadways, including context-sensitive considerations; intersection improvements that safely accommodated pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular traffic; and greenways and streetscape corridors.
To further enhance greenway flexibility, Freese and Nichols developed standards to allow for the offset of roadways within the right-of-way as well as for the physical composition of the facility. The offset of roadways allows additional width for multi-purpose trails and landscape elements.
The team developed urban and rural sections to allow context sensitivity and incorporation of the escarpment area’s natural beauty into the roadway. In non-curbed sections, natural elements such as rolling hills, native grasses and other natural formations will flow freely within the median or along the parkway.