For decades, Hopkins has had a storied downtown full of character and charm. The primary artery of its downtown, Mainstreet, runs 15 blocks and had poor pavement condition, crumbled sidewalks, undersized watermains, deficient storm sewers, leaking sanitary sewers, outdated lighting and traffic signals, and deficient pedestrian facilities.
A multi-faceted process of preliminary design, engineering, landscape architecture, surveying, and public engagement was led by Bolton & Menk to complete improvements to the city’s cherished corridor. A strategic vision was developed to create a place for the community to support local businesses through improved signage and pedestrian features. The project included 64 ADA-compliant pedestrian ramps, upgrades to 9 signal systems, improved street lighting, and placement of utility bollards for street vendors. Much of this was accomplished through the successful application for federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funding.
A phased approach allowed businesses to continue with minimal interruption during construction, a feat not to be overlooked with building face-to-building face improvements. The improvements culminated in a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by more than 100 community members.