We Need Your Input
This plan is only successful when we have input from you, the public.
The Napier Avenue Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan is a community-driven plan to find locations for new pedestrian and bicycle facilities to make transportation on the corridor safer. This is your opportunity to help shape the future of Napier Avenue!
We've concluded the second phase of our public outreach as part of this planning process. Please stay tuned for details regarding the third and final public open house meeting where final recommendations will be presented to the public!
Public Meeting Schedule
Below is a schedule of public input opportunities. Note that specific times and dates are subject to change. Stay tuned for details!
|Monday, March 26
4pm - 7pm
|Public Meeting #1||Overflow Community Church
300 E Napier Ave
|Monday, May 21
4pm - 7pm
|Public Meeting #2||Napier Parkview Baptist Church
245 W Napier Ave
|Public Meeting #3||Location: TBD
The Napier Avenue Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan is a community-driven plan to transform Napier Avenue into a more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly corridor.
The Napier Avenue corridor is an important east-west transportation route in the Benton Harbor - St. Joseph region, providing connectivity from the I-94 expressway into the core cities, providing access to major shopping and medical destinations, and serving a number of neighborhoods and local businesses. While it may function well for vehicular travel, it is not a "complete street" that comfortably and safety accommodates all users.
The Southwest Michigan Planning Commission (SWMPC) initiated the Napier Avenue Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan in the Winter of 2017 to improve safety and pedestrian and bicycle networks along the corridor. SWMPC is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Benton Harbor - St. Joseph Urbanized Area, and its purpose is to coordinate transportation planning and fund transportation projects for the region. The Napier Avenue Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan is an effort to enhance pedestrian and bicycle facilities along the Napier Avenue corridor and is intended to meet the following goals:
- Address the gap in the pedestrian and bike network.
- Promote safety for all users (pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists).
- Create a Napier Avenue that better fulfills its role as a regional connector.
Napier Avenue Open House
May 17, 2018
Anyone with opinions on what should be done to improve Napier Avenue between the St. Joseph River and I-94 is welcome to attend an open house on the subject next week. Read full article
Public input needed to make a dangerous road more pedestrian friendly
April 4, 2018
Berrien County officials are working to make a 3.3 mile stretch of Napier Avenue between the St. Joseph River and the interstate safer for pedestrians. Read full article
Planning Commission Taking Napier Input
April 4, 2018
The Southwest Michigan Planning Commission would like to hear more from the public about what is wanted for Napier Avenue as it drafts a report ahead of the road’s repaving starting next year. Planner Ryan Fellows tells WSJM News about 40 or 50 people showed up to an open house on the subject last week. Read full article
Planners want more feedback on Napier Avenue
April 4, 2018
The Southwest Michigan Planning Commission, having hosted a well-attended Napier Avenue Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan public open house in March, is seeking additional public feedback. Read full article
Napier Pedestrian Plan Under Review: Residents Provide Input at Open House
March 27, 2018
In a packed room at the Overflow Church, more than two dozen people came together Monday to discuss a Benton Township street that’s been a problem for years. Read full article
Napier Ave. Safety Under the Microscope
March 20, 2018
The Napier Avenue Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan seeks to improve safety along the roadway. Read full article
Open House on Napier Plans
March 15, 2018
The Napier Avenue Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan announces first open house! Read full article
Planners Hope for Sidewalks Along Napier Avenue
January 27, 2018
The Southwest Michigan Planning Commission is looking for ways to incorporate sidewalks on the Napier Corridor. Read full article
Fatal crash along Napier Avenue
January 20, 2018
On the evening of January 19th, a pedestrian was hit and killed at the 200 block of Napier Avenue. Read full article