Facts About 12th Street
Traffic Volume: Did you know the highest traffic volume on 12th street is currently just over 500 cars per hour during the 4-5 p.m. hour? One lane can easily accommodate this volume and allow for future growth, because the maximum capacity of one travel lane is around 900 vehicles per hour, conservatively speaking. Based on current traffic volume and the 2040 traffic capacity model, the data supports the one through-lane design.
Safety: Safety is a driving design principle in the SW 12th Street design. The recently completed Traffic Safety Plan for Topeka documented that between 2010 and 2016 (seven years), there were a total of 23,591 crashes in the Topeka/Shawnee County region including 5,545 injury crashes and 68 crashes that resulted in fatalities.
Complete Streets: Complete Streets is a guideline the city uses to make streets safer and more accessible for all citizens including drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. The 12th Street project will make the street safer for everyone that uses the corridor. Read the Center for Disease Control analysis regarding Topeka's adoption of Complete Streets principles.