Facelifting City Streets

by Warren Travers, (F.ASCE), Pres.; Travers Assocs., Inc., Clifton, N.J.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1979, Vol. 49, Issue 8, Pg. 79-80

Document Type: Feature article


Augusta, Georgia rebuilt a four-block, 10-acre section of the main street (Broad Street) to improve traffic flow, beautify the street, provide safe, efficient and convenient parking and increase pedestrian mobility. The revitalization project was completed in two years and cost $2,000,000. The parking median was rebuilt and depressed 18 in. below street level so parked cars no longer visually block Broad Street. Modular construction was used for the roadway parking areas. Modular forms and consistent spacing of elements (planters, trees, lights, etc.) was used because repetitive applications made construction simple, quick and, therefore, cheaper. A new parking system (Travers Tandem Parking) replaced angle parking on street sides.

Subject Headings: Parking facilities | Streets | Traffic safety | Traffic flow | Modular structures | Developing countries | Pedestrians | Construction costs | Georgia | United States

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