Clovis City staff presented a video at the Clovis City Council meeting on Monday, April 1, highlighting three roadway improvement projects intended to improve the flow of traffic and increase the safety of drivers and residents.
The projects include the widening of Willow Avenue northbound lanes from Shepherd Avenue to north of International Avenue, traffic signal at Shepherd Avenue and Minnewawa Avenue, as well as multi-lane roundabout at north Temperance Avenue and Alluvial Avenue.
City staff said it’s planning to incorporate more digital media, such as videos and social media, to inform residents about projects in Clovis.
Clovis City staff said the goal is to still use traditional media, but also to allow Clovis to serve as its own news organization.
City staff said using digital media to spread more information can ease residents who are worried about the effects of upcoming projects such as roundabouts, or it can help raise awareness about the benefits of the projects.
The projects presented at the council meeting are scheduled to begin in early summer of 2019 in Clovis.
The video presented at the council meeting will be available on the city’s website and social media pages Tuesday.
The Clovis City Council also approved the Environmental Impact Report for the Shaw Avenue Widening Project from DeWolf Avenue to McCall Avenue at its meeting Monday. .
Presenting the Environmental Impact Report, city staff said they have analyzed several environmental factors, including aesthetics, utilities and transportation.
City staff said the Environmental Impact Report has determined that many of those factors will not be an issue for property owners, but noise will be one of the main problems that is difficult to avoid.
With the widening of Shaw Avenue, city staff said the street will be closer to homes and there will be more traffic, leading to more noise for property owners.
However, city staff said the benefits of the project outweigh the issues highlighted in the Environmental Impact Report.
City staff also discussed the issue of flooding along Shaw Avenue and concluded that the project will not have any impact on flooding.
City staff said flooding is already an issue in the area and it will not get worse because of the project.
The city had a meeting in November, where property owners had a chance to discuss how the project will affect their property, particularly the entries.
City staff said more meetings are scheduled with residents.
The city also passed a request to approve a street plan line for Shaw Avenue between DeWolf and McCall Avenues.