Freese and Nichols assisted the City of Weatherford in the update to the Thoroughfare Plan and development of an associated Capital Improvements Plan for short- and long-range transportation projects. The Plan used travel-demand modeling as a basis for determination of area-wide mobility needs. A land planning charrette conducted with City departments served as a basis for defining land use trends and growth initiatives for interim- and long-term modeling scenarios. Updated sociodemographics consistent with land development scenarios were prepared and submitted to the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) for regional modeling. Our team then used trip-table outputs for modeling various refined roadway network configurations and scenarios using TransCADD modeling software. Regional coordination was the reason for requesting NCTCOG assistance with the regionwide modeling.
An analysis of existing conditions, both vehicular and nonmotorized, was conducted to assess functional street classification and network connectivity and define areas for further study. Special area planning was conducted for the downtown area, Weatherford College, the Medical area, the high school and eastern sector to determine specific roadway and intersection needs, as well as pedestrian and bike connectivity.
A review of roadway design standards, access management policies, pedestrian pathways and development of Complete Streets standards was conducted as part of the study. The potential for commuter rail and a general aviation airport were examined and documented as part of plan development. Updating plan goals, objectives, an action plan and identifying funding sources form the core of system implementation. The plan was directed through a Steering Committee made up of members from the community Transportation Advisory Board. The plan was completed in May 2013.