CALIFORNIA STREET PROJECT PROGRESSES TO PHASE II
PEC SELECTED TO FINALIZE PLANS FOR COMPLETE STREET DESIGN.
By Michelle Coulter
In May 2019, PEC was selected to provide final design plans for the California Street project. As part of these plans, PEC's team will be providing hardscape and landscape improvements to aesthetically improve the downtown Arts District corridor.
The City of Las Vegas (City) originally contracted with PEC in April 2018 to design the initial plans for the corridor as part of a new City funding source, Fuel Revenue Index (FRI). The goal for this project and surrounding corridors is to improve safety for pedestrians and vehicles with safety and ADA accessibility. Design features include concrete curb and gutter, asbestos cement paving, street lighting, utility investigations and coordination, traffic signage and striping, sidewalk treatments, and pedestrian facilities (e.g., paver crosswalks).
The PEC team has been working with the City to design plans that reduce the width of streets in order to widen sidewalks, improve and upgrade old sidewalks, and implement landscape features (e.g., vegetation, park benches, standard street lighting, etc.).
The City and PEC team has communicated with businesses throughout the corridor. As such, parking and aesthetics appear to be primary concerns within the area.
PEC's project engineer, Denis Howe, stated, "Parking is premium in the downtown Arts District area. The team has implemented a parking layout that will meet other project goals, such as safety and aesthetics."
Proponents of the design plans generally acknowledge these concerns; however, plans for safety and ADA accessibility have removed a few of the parking spaces currently available. Fortunately, businesses have expressed overall approval of the planned improvements.
PEC will complete design plans for California Street in December 2020 with construction to commence soon after.
The project elements have allowed PEC's offices to design the plans as a combined effort. The team includes Victor Godfrey (Project Manager, Las Vegas), Brian Jones (Project Engineer, Mesa), Denis Howe (Project Engineer, Phoenix), and Lars Anderson (Landscape Architect, West Jordan).
Our team also includes subconsultants to address the geotechnical, electrical, utility potholing, and lighting components of the project.
Our success with this project has resulted in being selected to design another similar project also in the City's Art District on Colorado Avenue. The Colorado Avenue project follows the same complete streets initiative to improve safety and aesthetics within the corridor. The California Street and Colorado Avenue project kickoff meetings were held in September and October 2019, respectively.