GOLDEN STATE CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
FRESNO COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS – FRESNO COUNTY, CA
QK led a team of design professionals and surveyors in developing detailed design guidelines and preliminary engineering plans for a 14-mile long portion of the old US Highway 99. This historic route was once the main north-south interstate highway mentioned in the classic book, Grapes of Wrath, and the folk song, This Land is Your Land.
When creating the plans, our firm focused on design improvements and streetscape enhancements for the corridor, expanding economic development, improving the flow of transit, and improving safety for motorists. One key feature was the street realignment in Fowler that actually created three new urban blocks for future downtown commercial development.
QK led all community meetings, provided agendas and minutes, and facilitated the discussions and visioning workshops. Stakeholder meetings involved feedback from decision makers in each of the affected cities (Kingsburg, Selma, and Fowler), Fresno County officials, bicycle advocates, and railroad specialists. Public meetings included refreshments and prize raffles to increase community attendance.
QK was tasked with creating a comprehensive design to update the Golden State Corridor while meeting stakeholders’ and the general public’s goals of increase safety, economic development, aesthetic improvements, and bicycling improvements.
The final package of construction plans included a topographic survey, an urban design guidelines manual, a 30% percent engineering plans set, a utility report, a pavement rehabilitation report, a detailed cost estimate, and an environmental analysis for CEQA. The completed package enables Fresno COG to continue to move forward with their design plans on all or a portion of the Corridor.