ES&S provided planning and design services for improvements to the pedestrian accessible route (PAR) on 1650-LF of Main Street (US Route 24) through downtown Monroe City. The project is in conjunction with a programmed resurfacing project by MoDOT’s Northeast District, prompting upgrades to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Initial tasks included detailed surveys of the existing sidewalks and intersection ramp locations in order to determine the existing sidewalk that met ADA criteria or could be brought into compliance with minor maintenance or rehabilitation efforts. Final design required replacement of approximately 65-percent of the existing sidewalk and (re)construction of sidewalk ramps at five intersections. The project also included a storm drainage improvement on the south end of the corridor to alleviate a chronic erosion and sediment issue due to the flat terrain.
US Route 24 is an early segment of the nation’s primary highway and as is typical of such corridors, the road right-of-way is owned by the City, and a maintenance agreement with MoDOT covers cost of resurfacing the two vehicle through lanes. Adjacent parallel parking spaces on the corridor are therefore the City’s responsibility to resurface, so the design accounted for the cost split between the two agencies.