Gay Street Corridor Improvement Columbus, Ohio
Traffic and streetscape changes breathe new life into an urban neighborhood.
The 11-block length of Gay Street in downtown Columbus, Ohio is a case study in converting car-oriented, one-way roads into two-way pedestrian-friendly neighborhood streets.
The project required close collaboration with city planning, development, and engineering officials to provide the district with a tailored solution. Individual property owners became involved as the design team worked to maintain parking and access for existing businesses, while accommodating the traffic-flow conversion.
Expanded sidewalks provide a buffer for the outdoor seating areas opened by local restaurants, while a raised urban median that bursts to life each spring with flowering trees slows traffic speed and increases pedestrian safety. Low iron fences add a touch of elegance throughout. Integrated services from planning through design and implementation have resulted in a successful project and the growth of a delightful urban neighborhood that has become an inspiration for similar implementations both locally and nationally.