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MULTI-PHASED DOWNTOWN ENHANCEMENT PROJECT

CITY OF WOODLAKE – WOODLAKE, CA


ABOUT

QK provided engineering, surveying, environmental services, surveying, construction administration, utility coordination, landscape architecture, and project oversight for Woodlake’s Multi-Phased Downtown Enhancement Project.

APPROACH

QK served as the Prime Consultant for Woodlake’s Multi-Phased Downtown Enhancement project, working with the City from project conception to closeout.  Services provided by QK include civil engineering (design, bidding, and construction administration), traffic engineering, surveying (topographic surveying, right of way acquisition documents and maps, and construction staking), construction management and administration, landscape architecture, utility coordination, and environmental planning services for the projects.  Additionally, QK served as Contract City Engineer, working alongside the City to acquire the needed funds for each phase of the project.

KEY ISSUES

The City of Woodlake is located in the southeastern portion of Tulare County. Woodlake’s approximately 7,700 people have a median household income of only $35,800 and are considered a severely disadvantaged community.  As with many disadvantaged communities, Woodlake’s existing downtown area had not been updated in decades due to lack of funds. The City had been in desperate need of updated infrastructure to meet current regulations, particularly the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The City wanted to provide residents with convenient access to the shops, offices, and recreational spaces while improving the aesthetics and usefulness of the downtown area.

RESULTS

The City of Woodlake’s Multi-Phased Downtown Enhancement Project provides a more pleasing entrance into the downtown business district. The downtown has gone through a complete transformation, fulfilling the City’s master plan concept to provide pedestrian, bicycle, and transit connectivity to shopping, living, office, and recreational destinations in the downtown area; and improves the aesthetic appearance and usefulness of downtown.

The $13.4 million-dollar multi-phased project involved the design and construction of pedestrian-friendly decorative sidewalks, ornamental street lighting, decorative benches, trash/recycling receptacles, landscaping, bicycle lanes, ADA compliant ramps, and bulb-outs that maintain traffic at safe speeds through the downtown area. The addition of decorative crosswalks, ADA accessible ramps, and drive approaches were installed to give drivers and pedestrians visual cues that encourage safer vehicle speeds and pedestrian activity.  The Downtown Plaza provides a venue for community events such as music, plays, and other outdoor activities.  The new Whitney Transit Center provides connectivity to the Tulare County transit system which allows residents to travel to additional destinations that were not available previously.  The single lane, urban Roundabout located at the intersection of Valencia (State Route 245) and Naranjo Boulevards (State Route 216) improves safety, accessibility, and aids traffic management, mobility, and connectivity through the City’s downtown business district.    A much-needed Class II bike lane and multi-use pedestrian and bicycle path was included through the Roundabout to increase safety and transportation choices for the citizens of Woodlake.

In total, these projects installed 6,209 lineal feet of curb and gutter, 104,746 square feet of decorative sidewalk, 3,536 square feet of city standard sidewalk, a stage at the plaza, a kiosk building with 2 wood awnings at the transit center, 4,760 lineal feet of bicycle lanes and other striping,  39 decorative crosswalks, 32 bulb-outs, 91 of ADA compliant ramps, 103 of tree wells, 32,425 square feet of landscape planters, 41 benches, 46 trash/recycling receptacles, 10 bicycle racks, 45 drive approaches, 66 of street lights, 108 of lighted pedestrian bollards, 3,220 lineal feet of storm drain pipe, and 130,255 square feet of paving.

Each phase of the Multi-Phased Downtown Enhancement Project provides a need to the community where it was previously lacking.  Being a disadvantage community, most residents walk throughout the City and use the bus system since they do not have their own vehicular transportation. The downtown enhancement improvements have resulted in an improved downtown climate, addition of new businesses, and several safety-related improvements.  These projects provide pedestrian, bicycle, and transit connectivity to shopping, living, office, and recreational destinations in the downtown area and outside City limits.

The Multi-Phased Downtown Enhancement Project received multiple awards, including:

  • 2018 – California Parks & Recreation Society (CPRS) District 7, Outstanding Facility Award – Downtown Plaza & Courtyard
  • 2018 – ACEC California Engineering Excellence Awards, Commendation Award – Multi-Phased Downtown Enhancement Project
  • 2017 – California Urban Forests Council, Designing with Trees: Retail or Commercial Venues Award
  • 2017 – Tree Fresno, Arbor Day Landscape Award
  • 2017 – San Joaquin Valley Blueprint Award of Excellence, Transportation Enhancement Project – Multi-Phased Downtown Enhancement Project
  • 2017 – Tulare County Association of Governments (TCAG) 6th Annual Local Motion Award for Innovative and Sustainable Transportation – Roundabout
  • 2016 – American Public Works Association (APWA), Central California Chapter, Project of the Year – Small Cities/Rural Communities Transportation
  • 2014 – Tulare County Association of Governments (TCAG) 4th Annual Local Motion Award for Bike/Pedestrian Projects – Downtown Enhancement Project
  • 2014 – San Joaquin Valley Blueprint Award of Merit, Transportation Enhancement Project – Whitney Transit Center


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