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Feature Friday – March Green Light: Kiener Plaza Renovations and Design Services

Feature Friday – March Green Light: Kiener Plaza Renovations and Design Services

This week our #FeatureFriday is the March edition of the CBB Green Light! Each month we publish information about a project, a service area, a staff member, and what we have been up to in the community! Check out our recent edition here:

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Project Spotlight – Kiener Plaza Rennovations

Construction started in February on the $19 million Kiener Plaza renovations. The redesign of Kiener Plaza comes in conjunction with the $380 million Gateway Arch Grounds renovation, coordinated byCityArchRiver. The goal of this project is to ‘better connect downtown’s urban fabric, be flexible for events year-round, and offer new urban park amenities,’ according to  CityArchRiver. As a hub for visitors to the downtown amenities, this park serves as an important public space for the City of St. Louis and the downtown community.

The updated Kiener Plaza includes wide shaded sidewalks, a large central lawn, interactive fountains, including a new fountain for the ‘Runner’ statue, bicycle parking, a woodland garden, and café seating. In addition to a comfortable park environment, it is imperative transportation moves efficiently and safely around the area as renovations are complete. CBB was responsible for designing the transportation enhancements around the park, including upgrades for pedestrians, bicycles and motorist, totaling $1.25 million in CMAQ funded construction costs.

CBB designed traffic signal improvements at five signals surrounding the park including new signal controllers, ADA upgrades – curb ramps and sidewalks, and updated signal infrastructure to replace the current system. The signal arms along Chestnut and a portion of Broadway were designed with the ability to swivel away from the road to accommodate parades and other special events. As a part of the sidewalk improvements, CBB designed curb ‘bulb outs’, where appropriate to enhance pedestrian visibility and shorten crossing distance. CBB’s plans include updated medians and midblock crossings, in addition to new bicycle facilities – a parking protected bicycle lane on Chestnut and the City’s first bike signal at 6th and Chestnut, as well as wireless sensor detection for bicycles.  Several roadways will be milled and resurfaced including Market Street, which will be striped for back-in, angled parking adjacent to the plaza.

The transportation improvements are an important part of this park upgrade, as they will help visitors travel to, from and through the park in a safe, efficient, and inviting manner. Project partners includeGreat Rivers Greenway, CityArchRiver Foundation, and the City of St. Louis. Construction is scheduled to be complete in Spring 2017.


Services Spotlight – Design Services

CBB works every day with our clients toward a vision of a safe and efficient transportation system. Our team provides design services for public and private clients for projects of all sizes, ranging from interchanges, to driveways. We understand that each project is unique  and work to preserve and build upon an existing system that better supports local neighborhoods and communities. CBB has extensive experience working with local agencies and understands how effective coordination produces successful projects.

Our team has a deep understanding of how roadway design and traffic engineering standards such as AASHTO, MUTCD, PROWAG (for ADA compliance), can be applied to successfully implement emerging trends and techniques. We strive to develop alternatives that minimize impacts and construction costs. Our experience includes intersections, roundabouts, trails, sidewalks, traffic signals, signing, striping, storm water design, ITS, lighting, highways, and construction review/inspection.  Additionally, we help our clients secure project funding. We have had great success in helping clients submit winning grant applications for a number of various state and federal funding programs. Our experience with projects from phase one to completion, gives us a unique understanding of how to do your project right.

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