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Down Town Revitalization Project (City of Kimberly)

Friday, March 11, 2016  
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
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The Downtown Revitalization Project solved several problems within the community. The major problem was extremely poor ADA access. The City’s curbs gutters and sidewalks, placed in the 1940’s, gave no consideration of design geared around the needs of the handicapped. To meet current ADA guidelines, replacing and redesigning the infrastructure was a priority. The project addressed those needs by providing the proper access points, sidewalk widths, ramp slopes and designated parking places. 

The other issue was the design of the street section. With angular parking on both sides of the street, a pedestrian would have to step into the street approximately 20 feet before being able to cross. With the new design bulb out section on every corner, we were able to allow a safe, elevated place for the pedestrian to stage before crossing. This not only made the pedestrian more visible, but significantly shortened the distance needed to cross from 60 feet 28 feet. 

Additionally, the project enhanced our town business district. With the addition of colored brick stamped concrete, trees at every corner, low lying flowers and decorative cross walks, the project not only reinvigorated the down town business atmosphere but increased the pride of the community as a whole. 

Thru utilization of funding opportunities provided from an LTHAC Grant ($100,000) and ICDBG ($350,000) along with City participation dollars ($318,279) and the Public Works Department in kind labor ($129,990) construction costs totaled $898,269.

For more info, contact:

Rob Wright

Community Development Director

208-423-4151

rwright@cityofkimberly.org


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