11th Street Streetscape

11th Street Streetscape

The Clark Enersen Partners led the team that designed streetscape, curb, and roadway improvements for a section of 11th Street from A to J streets in Central Lincoln, Nebraska. The heavily traveled street through this retail and residential corridor was wider than is typical for urban streets, causing dangerous conditions for vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. The corridor also was in great need of beautification and improved visibility and safety.
 
Project design goals were to:  Ensure a safe and secure neighborhood; Support neighborhood identity and diversity through improvements to the public realm; Engage the South Capitol community in the design process; Design streets that support safe walking and biking; Create new opportunities for reinvestment with area property owners; Stimulate healthy choices through safer and more convenient walking environments and environmentally friendly public projects; and Bolster community arts and culture. Drainage and stormwater also were critically analyzed and addressed.
 
We designed colorful, limestone-edged planting areas with low-maintenance shrubs and perennials, planted street trees, added brick pavings to reflect the historic nature of the area, created curb bump-outs and new wider sidewalks, installed new historically-inspired neighborhood signage and ornamental lighting, and created themed benches, receptacles, and bike racks. Many features were themed to reinforce the identity of the historic neighborhood. We also coordinated with our transportation consultant, Schemmer Associates, who designed new curbs new curbs and bike lanes, and modified the parking and roadways (including the creation of a new roundabout at the unusually wide intersection at D Street).
 
The project dramatically enhanced the walkability, safety, aesthetics, historic character, and vitality of the neighborhood.