The Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency board met on Dec. 10 and voted to begin the process of advertising, negotiating and awarding contracts for engineering services and studies for several projects. The projects include the Monroe-Adams Corridor placemaking project, the Lake Lafayette and St. Marks Regional Linear Park Project and the Midtown Corridor Placemaking project. These engineering services are part of the initial phases of the projects.
The Monroe-Adams Corridor placemaking project will create five improved corridors that will connect South Monroe Street and South Adams Street. The engineering services for this project are estimated to cost between $250,000 and $300,000 and funding is currently available in the project account. This project will create streetscape improvements that may include sidewalks, lighting, signage, landscaping, underground utilities and street parking. The goal of this project is to create safe streets for pedestrians, trial users, cyclists, motorists and improve the appearance and comfort of public streets. The project is estimated to take 12 to 15 months to complete.
The Lake Lafayette and St. Marks Regional Linear Park Project will connect 7,000 acres of public recreational lands east of Capital Circle Southeast. The engineering study is the first step in determining current flood elevations in the region. The study will also assist in determining the best location for future amenities. The engineering study is estimated to cost between $750,000 and $1 million and the funds required are included in the 2021 Blueprint budget. The study will update the existing flood elevations that are currently based on observed data from 1948.
The engineering services for the Blueprint Midtown Corridor Placemaking project will be conducted along Thomasville Road from Monroe Street to Seventh Avenue. The engineering services are estimated to cost between $750,000 and $1 million and the funds necessary to proceed are included in the approved 2021 Blueprint Budget. This project will result in an improved Midtown commercial corridor with expanded pedestrian walkways, enhanced lighting, landscaping, safety enhancements and other streetscaping improvements. The engineering services for this project are estimated to take approximately 18 months to complete.