Southview Boulevard is a key corridor for South St. Paul. With high crash rates, outdated and unneeded traffic signals, uneven pavement surfaces, and deteriorating pedestrian facilities, the corridor needed a refreshed image. With a comprehensive corridor analysis, enhanced with grassroots stakeholder involvement, Bolton & Menk developed a new corridor vision. A sustainable solution design process led to acceptance for removal of two traffic signals, a narrowed street section with 11-foot travel lanes, streetscape approach with designated pedestrian access routes, and corridor branding.
The project enhanced pedestrian/transit accommodations, streetscape elements, traffic operations, and public safety. We led a robust public involvement process that engaged the public, businesses, and residents. Using 3D video and other tools, we communicated proposed changes and helped stakeholders visualize what a multimodal Southview Boulevard could look and feel like. Because of this collaboration, the corridor was revitalized, affording the opportunity for private development in South St. Paul.
Institute of Transportation Engineers – 2019 Transportation Achievement Award – Planning