Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2018

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72 Landscape Architect and Specifier News City Plans Plattsmouth was mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency to separate its combined sewers within the downtown area in order to meet a consent decree. City leaders turned the challenge of constructing new sanitary sewers within the Main Street corridor into an opportunity to complete streetscape enhancements envisioned for Main Street. HDR Engineering from Omaha, Nebraska was already working with the city to address the combined sewer issues. The contract was amended to include the streetscape design and construction services. Construction began in the summer of 2010, and was completed by fall of 2011. The streetscape portion of the $5.9 million dollar project was $2.9 million and it spanned five blocks from east to west along Main Street. It also covered the side streets one block north and south since additional sewer separation was necessary beyond the Main Street corridor. The City of Plattsmouth established a blue- ribbon Citizens Committee to guide the initial design process and to work with the design team in order to reach consensus on key streetscape features to be included in the revitalization of this historic downtown. The committee mainly focused on aesthetic issues, provided guidance on paving patterns and colors, and advocated for the use of native plant materials. The committee also desired to re-introduce classic-style street lights, an acoustic sound system placed throughout downtown, and the addition of complementary site furnishings including: benches, trash receptacles, bollards, ash urns, and bike racks. Above: Light poles are able to accommodate flags, seasonal banners, wreath hangers, as well as speakers for a downtown sound system.

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