IIW helped transform a downtown business district in DeWitt, Iowa, with the visioning of City, community, and business owners. Together, they developed a plan to reconstruct the 6th Avenue corridor that serves as the front doorway of many downtown businesses.
Shoppers Skip & Jump
The 17-block corridor, including the downtown business district, was not conducive to many of the shoppers who wanted to enjoy it. With tiered curbs as high as 18”, the stretch of roadway was not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, limiting potential shoppers from visiting the shopping area.
In addition, there were several issues with water drainage in the parking lots, causing shoppers to sometimes have to leapfrog from dry spot to dry spot just to get in the stores.
A Thriving Strip
IIW collaborated closely with the DeWitt community to design a reconstruction plan that would help businesses thrive and improve community member’s experience. Under the leadership of the IIW team, the projects finished on time and on budget.
The new roadway allows access for more community members with its ADA compliant design. Through creative design of storm water drainage systems, IIW eliminated the water puddles that patrons had previously struggled with and provided each business with a drainage solution specific to each of their storefronts.
Project funding was provided through the Iowa Department of Transportation, Economic Development Administration, and General Obligation Bonds. With planning assistance from IIW, the City implemented the project into manageable phases and limited the funding requirements applied to each phase.