Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2014

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54 Landscape Architect and Specifier News The dramatic transformation of the visible portion of the street with streetscape improvements is complemented by major underground utility work. Infrastructure improvements include new water and sewer lines and reparation of existing storm drainage system, which provide the infrastructure for future developments along the corridor. Unique aspects of the Project A key design challenge of the project was to create multimodal connectivity, while still allowing for through traffic. The re:Street design solution repurposes the street by reducing the number of lanes from six to four 11-foot wide travel lanes, dedicated bike lanes and as-needed parking lanes and bus stops. This allows for wide, well- landscaped sidewalks and medians. The newly configured street has turn lanes at intersections and middle of blocks that enhance destination and emergency access traffic and allows future growth in traffic to move smoothly along this major arterial road. It also provides the foundation for a planned streetcar system to connect West Sacramento with the regional multi-modal Sacramento Valley Station in Sacramento. The multimodal connectivity for pedestrians and bicyclists is achieved by creating safe and comfortable facilities along and across the street. There are now wide, ADA accessible sidewalks— buffered with landscaping—and seven-foot-wide contiguous bike lanes on both sides of the street along the entire length of the street. The character of the pedestrian experience varies depending on the district and adjoining building uses. While East End has approximately 10-foot buffered sidewalks, the more generous 20-foot sidewalks in downtown core reflect the civic mixed-use above Midblock crossings are ADA accessible, wide and directional to enhance pedestrian safety. Pedestrians and drivers are alerted to the crossings not only by street markings, but stamped asphalt, colored concrete and pavers. Truncated domes are placed on either side of the crossings. Seven- foot-wide contiguous bike lanes run on both sides of the street along its entire length. 'Maori Sunrise' flax is sprouting on either side of the median.

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