State Street Corridor Improvements Add Beauty, Improve Safety and Delight East Side Residents, Workers and Community
NOVEMBER 9, 2017: Read the NEWEST UPDATES below!
November 9, 2017:
A new multi-colored, multi-dimensional Panel Design is in the works for the north side of State Street. Using primary colors and giving a “nod” to the industrial heritage of east Columbus – this new design brightens the sidewalk area, provides separation between pedestrian areas and business parking lots, and creates another sturdy yet whimsical architectural element to State Street!
Another new architectural element – Panel Designs – are proposed for the north side of State Street. Watch this site for more pictures, information and updates!
UPDATE: October 31, 2017
NEWEST UPDATE: October 31, 2017
A number of great new updates have been added to the State Street Corridor Project in the past 2 months. Following are some highlights:
- Check out the newly completed TRAIL CONNECTION from the Gateway Node to the Peoples Trail. This new connection provides a safe and continuous passage for cyclists and pedestrians – under the State Street Bridge – from the north side of State Street to the south side of State Street. Cyclists and pedestrians no longer need to wait for traffic signals to change at the busy 5-way intersection to the State Street Bridge at 2nd and Central. Enjoy the newest TRAIL CONNECTION!
- Beautiful, new, PEDESTRIAN SCALE LIGHTING fixtures now highlight the NORTH SIDE of State Street. The 8-10 foot wide, multi-use pedestrian and cyclist trail now supports well lit evening strolls, enhanced nighttime safety and additional beauty to the State Street Corridor. All north side street lights will be lit once the final lamp post is installed. Watch for these new evening lights during the first weeks of November.
- New SIDEWALKS, GUTTERS and CURBS are rapidly taking shape on the south side of State Street. New DRIVEWAYS, safer thresholds to businesses, relocated fire hydrants, stop signs and well-lit major intersections provide ADA compliant pedestrian travel along the East side business corridor.
Check back soon for more new pictures!
UPDATE: September 1, 2017
Now that all the finishing touches have been installed on the State Street Bridge (see pictures above), and Gateway Nodes are landscaped, Columbus residents, workers and visitors are enjoying the bridge’s elegant design features, pedestrian walkways and safe, updated passage to and from home and work.
The north side of State Street was first to start receiving a much needed – and much anticipated – FACELIFT.
Starting at the beautiful, newly designed bridge and all its architectural elements, and continuing all the way to Mapleton Street, the North side of State Street is boasting its first connection to the Columbus Trail System. New 8-10 foot wide concrete sidewalks, new gutters and curbs, multiple new concrete driveways at business entrances are making sidewalks multi-purpose and accessible to all. And there’s more yet to come.
New landscape and hardscape improvements on the north side of State Street are scheduled for October and November 2017. Elements include:
- Engraved brick installations
- More than 300 feet of designed sculptural wave elements
- New street lights
- Improved overhead and bollard lighting, and, perhaps most exciting,
- Unique green-spaces, trees, benches and gathering spaces! Check this page monthly for updates!
AFTER LABOR DAY, EAST SIDE RESIDENTS, WORKERS AND TRAVELERS WILL NOTICE LANE RESTRICTIONS MOVING TO THE SOUTH SIDE OF STATE STREET.
Throughout September and continuing through the fall, State Street will receive nearly a FULL MILE of improvements – when considering BOTH DIRECTIONS!
The south side of State Street – from Mapleton moving westward toward the bridge – is next to receive their new facelift.
- All new gutters and curbs will be installed.
- Businesses and property owners will have new concrete driveways.
- 6-foot wide concrete sidewalks will add safety and enhance curb appeal.
- New street lights will be installed on some busy corners.
- Fire hydrants will be reset.
- Stop signs and street signs will be straightened and reset.
Construction will continue on the South side through September, October and November. As progress continues, photos will be uploaded so check back monthly for updates.
Right of Way Purchases:
The City of Columbus has purchased strips of Right-of-Way from various property owners along the South side of State Street. This has allowed the sidewalk and driveway improvements to move along seamlessly.
Thank you to the property owners and others for your patience as improvements continue.
By the end of 2017, State Street will boast a beautiful, architecturally significant bridge portal to the east side of Columbus, and the east side of Columbus will be a shining representation of safe streets, pedestrian and bicycle friendly pathways, greenspaces for families and visitors, economic opportunity and – simply put – Columbus at its best!
Check back often for more updates!