Revitalizing an Old Highway Into a Multimodal Neighborhood Corridor

Award-Winning Project

Challenge

With the construction of a new State Highway 53 bypass, Hastings Way (Business 53) was reduced from six to four lanes and downgraded to a local arterial roadway. The City and area stakeholders needed a long-term vision and master plan to revitalize the corridor.

Solution

SEH urban designers and engineers assisted the community to develop designs for a new, more attractive multimodal facility with continuous sidewalks, trails, crosswalks, and decorative streetscaping to support plans for a mixed-use, neighborhood-focused redevelopment. This project led to the redesign and reconstruction of several miles of the highway into a new multimodal urban arterial.

Awards

  • 2013 State Finalist Award, Engineering Excellence, American Council of Engineering Companies – Wisconsin Chapter

Features

  • Two new pedestrian underpasses with plazas at each end
  • Concrete pavement
  • Improved sidewalk and pedestrian accommodations
  • Storm sewer coordination with existing storm system
  • Lift station
  • Traffic control, maintaining local access
  • New shared-use path
  • Future corridor land use plan
  • High-efficiency decorative lighting
  • Streetscape furnishings
  • Planted center medians
  • Comprehensive analysis of corridor issues and opportunities

Project
Hastings Way

Location
Eau Claire, Wis.

Client
City of Eau Claire

Services

  • Agency Coordination
  • Bidding Documents
  • Civil Engineering
  • Design Reports
  • Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
  • Hazardous Materials Investigation
  • Land Use Analysis and Planning
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Lighting Design
  • Preliminary and Final Design
  • Community Engagement
  • Signalization
  • Surveying
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Transportation Planning
  • Urban Design