The cold weather has everyone at CBB yearning for spring and warmer temperatures, and all the exciting things that come with that season. On a nice day, many St. Louis residents will venture to Forest Park to visit the Zoo (3rd best in the world!), hit the links, visit the St. Louis Art Museum or enjoy one of the many walking paths in the park. As host to the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair (did you know the waffle cone debuted at that event?), Forest Park is rich with history and is still thriving. In fact in 2013 Forest Park was honored as one of the American Planning Association’s Great Places in America: Public Spaces. Many residents in our community hold this park very near and dear, and CBB was thrilled to be a part of a major intersection improvement project at the Front Door of Forest Park in 2014.
Last year CBB provided design services for improvements to a highly visible intersection at the Southwest Corner of Forest Park. The project, located at Skinker Boulevard/McCausland Avenue and Clayton Road, Oakland Avenue, Clayton Avenue, received federal funding from the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality program (CMAQ), which highlights a multi-modal focus on transportation, and strives to develop improvement projects with an environmental benefit. Initially CBB completed the traffic study, and then was tasked with the design of three new traffic signals, implement bicycle improvements, and enhance pedestrian safety.
Plans were completed in the fall of 2014, and the project is ready for construction. Upon completion, the project provides new traffic signals needed to replace the aging system currently in place. In addition to signals, the pedestrian enhancements include the addition of marked crosswalks (currently there is one), as well as signalized pedestrian crossings, and the extension of a dual use trail that connects Forest Park to a mile of new sidewalk and buffered bicycle lanes, extending all the way to Hampton Avenue.
Included in this project is also a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (pictured above), which is an important element that adds to pedestrian safety in the area. “Working on this project was an exciting opportunity for CBB,” says Christopher Brammeier, project principal. “The community enhancements resulting from this project will have a major impact to all park users, and the entire St. Louis region.”
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