As part of a trespass prevention strategy across the FEC railroad tracks, WGI developed a woonerf (living street) concept for the corridors adjacent to the FEC railway. While functioning predominately as an alleyway for the adjacent businesses, the existing corridor connects to the City’s lively downtown area and has significant pedestrian and vehicular traffic, due to the adjacent restaurants and bars. To improve safety throughout the corridor, the City engaged WGI to develop numerous strategies to prevent pedestrians from crossing the FEC railway. The selected concept was a decorative wall concept with built-in seating.
Additional corridor improvements included landscape throughout the corridor, including canopy trees in tree wells, decorative planters, and native shrubs. Contrasting hardscape was added to delineate primary vehicular and pedestrian circulation. Various lighting elements, including decorative bollards, landscape lighting, string lighting and wall uplighting were added to activate the space at night and provide additional safety. The end result will be a corridor that blends pedestrian, bicyclist and vehicular traffic together and enhances connections to the downtown.
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