In 2013, CBB partnered with the City of St. Louis to complete enhancements at the “Front Door to Forest Park” (Skinker Boulevard/McCausland Avenue and Clayton Road, Oakland Avenue, Clayton Avenue). As part of a traffic study process, CBB provided a concept plan that was used by the City to successfully secure $1.6 million in Federal funding through the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality program (CMAQ). The CMAQ program has a multi-modal focus on transportation and strives to develop improvement projects with an environmental benefit.
CBB completed design plans in 2014. Construction was completed in October 2015. The project provided new traffic signals to replace the aging and deficient system, as well as pedestrian enhancements that included the addition of marked crosswalks and signalized pedestrian crossings. The project also included the extension of a dual use trail that connects Forest Park to a mile of new sidewalk and buffered bicycle lanes on Oakland Avenue, extending all the way to Hampton Avenue. The bicycle lanes were established via a “road diet” by converting the underutilized four lane section of Oakland Avenue to two lanes of traffic.
The project, which was recently referred to as an “Improvement for all” by Forest Park Forever, includes a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon for additional pedestrian safety. “Working on the 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.”