Main Street between 5th Ave and 6th Ave is about to take on a new look and feel! Pedestrian and business friendly improvements include wider sidewalks, improved street lighting, a mid-block pedestrian crossing, flower basket poles, street trees, public artwork, benches, trash receptacles and bike racks. In addition, this environmentally conscious project includes Low Impact Development (LID) stormwater improvements, reduced pavement widths and replacement of an old water main. The project is being built now because of the age of the existing infrastructure, pedestrian safety and approximately 70% of the cost is being paid by federal and state grants.
Project Goals include:
Improve pedestrian lighting and incorporate Sternberg street lights similar to other downtown lighting
Replace buckled and uneven sidewalks damaged by the existing street trees and reduce tripping hazards.
Encourage pedestrian use of the sidewalks - sidewalks will be 2-feet wider and will provide opportunities for restaurants to use them for outdoor seating/dining.
Install a new stormwater system with water quality devices to reduce stormwater runoff and improve water quality.
Replace an aging watermain and water services built in the 1920's.
Replace the existing pavement section.
Relocate the overhead utility wires to the alley and remove the existing wooden utility poles.
Add a raised mid-block pedestrian crossing to enhance pedestrian circulation within the corridor.
Add bike sharrow pavement striping on the edge of the travel lanes to assist bicycle riders.
Add new streetscape improvements consisting of street trees, bike racks, benches, planters, trash receptacles and flower poles with art work.
BUSINESSES WILL REMAIN OPEN during construction (to find out more about impact on a specific business click their link on the right). Additional public parking can be found one block north at the Public Safety Complex on the corner of 5th and Bell.