Gresham Smith-Designed Alley Improvements Provide Pedestrian Promenade for Roswell Community
Gresham Smith is proud to announce the completion of improvements to the City of Roswell’s East Alley. Located in the city’s historic district, the alleyway has been transformed into an inviting, functional streetscape that provides a gathering space for residents and benefits local businesses. The firm’s Land Planning, Transportation and Water + Environment teams worked together to design the alley and sidewalk layout, utility improvements and landscaping, as well a stormwater management plan. The project team also provided construction management services and coordinated community outreach efforts.
“Our team enjoyed working with the City of Roswell to create a space that enhances the city’s charm and character and creates a destination for community members,” commented Rob Whitson, P.E., senior civil engineer, Gresham Smith. “Clearly defined pedestrian areas enhance the walkability of the area, while the updates to the alley’s infrastructure make the area more environmentally-friendly. It’s exciting to now see that the project is being used in the way we envisioned.”
Located behind the city’s historic Canton Street, the East Alley improvements are the first project in the City of Roswell’s East-West Alley Master Plan, which aims to revitalize the city’s public spaces and turn them into community assets. In addition to the overall layout and utility improvements, the Gresham Smith project team re-organized the area’s parking, installed permeable pavers and lighting, and implemented a complete streets design. This created a unique space where residents and visitors can comfortably stroll, shop and dine. New loading zones and a centrally located trash compactor will limit congestion in the area from delivery and garbage trucks.
Gresham Smith has completed numerous projects for the city of Roswell and the Georgia Department of Transportation that include the Grimes Bridge Road / Norcross Street Roundabout, the preliminary design of the SR 9 Historic Gateway project, and intersection improvements at Alpharetta Highway and Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell, Ga. The firm is also providing transportation standby engineering design services to facilitate improvements across the city.