The two-mile Stadium Drive and Michigan Avenue corridor connects two universities, downtown Kalamazoo, and adjacent neighborhoods. Six lanes wide, this critical route bring people through downtown, carrying over 20,000 vehicles per day.
Alta facilitated an innovative charrette design process for the Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study and Michigan Department of Transportation focused on Complete Street improvements, including a bicycle connection, along Interstate 94 Business Loop.
Using a placemaking-based approach, Alta presented a feasible plan of potential future changes to the roadway to accommodate all users and drive economic development. Through intense collaboration, public involvement, and technical analysis, the study team created a high level of public excitement and stakeholder buy-in. Significant public input was received by over 1,000 people in a little over one week.
Through substantial public engagement and stakeholder coordination, Alta created a new vision for the corridor with a sidepath, cycle track (protected bikeway), and roadway realignment. In addition to an innovative process, the resulting vision was forward-thinking and grounded in best practices. When constructed it will be the first cycle track in Michigan and one of the few cycle tracks on a state roadway in the country.