Acting Public Works director Dan Gibbs shared a Power Point presentation of conceptual design elements for the Southeast Gateway Project to the Susanville City Council at its Aug. 15 meeting.
The next phase of the project is to commence with design activities for con-struction documents, also known as the Plans, Specifications and Estimates phase.
Once the city staff obtains authorization to proceed from the Federal Highway Administration, the staff will prepare requests for proposals to retain a consultant in completing the design documents and final cost estimates.
Gibbs outlined the objectives of the project, which were to improve continuity and safety for pedestrians throughout the corridor, for ADA, bicyclists, truck parking and associated chain areas.
The council wants to strongly encourage economic development, the aesthetic appeal of the area and to attract visitors through business roads.
The project’s scope includes an entry feature, and within that, the staff
is looking to provide a contact-sensitive monument sign, which will intend to represent the community.
Their conceptual renderings showed significant changes to the face of the entry point of the city from the southeast. Sidewalks and landscaping are to be extended with various trees aligning Main Street on both the north and south sides of the street, and across Riverside Drive in front of McDonalds and Plumas Bank.
There will be street furniture such as benches, trash receptacles and decorative lighting, as well as additional pedestrian safety lighting, improved crosswalks, way finding
signs and possibly bike racks.
There are several steps until the project breaks ground and Gibbs’s report suggested it would begin construction sometime in 2025.