Segment 2: Veterans Way to Odem Medo Road
(formerly Village Commercial)
The stretch of highway between Veterans Highway and Odem Medo Road is the most populated segment with several restaurants, retailers, a movie theater and more, running directly next to the canal on the south end. This already vibrant business area could be enhanced with a uniform, continuous landscape throughout, creating a pedestrian-friendly environment. Street trees and wider sidewalks might welcome more pedestrians and businesses to the area.
To increase safety while turning in and out of businesses along this section, one idea is to create clustered access points with each access point providing entrance for 2 or more businesses. Another option is to develop a frontage road—a parallel road running between US 97 and adjacent businesses, which connects several properties in the segment and is lined with angled or parallel parking.
By consolidating access points to properties along the highway, vehicles can turn into and out of businesses in a safer manner. Additionally, it could free space for attractive landscaping and pedestrian facilities alongside businesses. Project teams are in the process of assessing potential improvements in this area. Stay tuned for updates on concepts being considered.