Improving Student Safety Through Street Design

Award-Winning Project

Challenge

Heavy traffic and a large number of student pedestrians along Cascade Avenue in the University of Wisconsin – River Falls were creating safety issues.

Solution

The campus thoroughfare was reconstructed to include key crossing locations with pedestrian refuges, improved lighting and signalizations as well as two roundabouts to improve traffic flow and safety.

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Features

  • Reconstruction of the street and underground utilities
  • Two roundabouts
  • Retaining walls
  • Stormwater infiltration features
  • Right-of-way acquisition
  • Commuter parking lot adjacent to the corridor
  • Extensive public involvement for students and the public

Awards

  • Project of the Year Award | American Public Works Association – Minnesota Chapter (APWA – MN)
  • Engineering Excellence State Finalist Award | American Council of Engineering Companies of WI (ACEC – WI)

Project
Cascade Avenue Reconstruction

Location
River Falls, Wis.

Client
City of River Falls

Services

  • Road and Street Design
  • Roundabouts
  • Signal Design
  • Traffic Calming