Lawerence Ave Streetscape

Chicago, IL
Altamanu Inc. was engaged by the Chicago Department of Transportation to help develop plans for Chicago’s first lane reduction or “Road Diet.”  Altamanu, Inc. made major pedestrian oriented recommendations for this arterial serving many Chicago neighborhoods that include: narrowing the travel-way to three lanes (one in each direction with a center left turn lane), bicycle lanes, and sidewalk widening to incorporate street trees, infiltration planters and outdoor cafes. Plans include pedestrian-scale lighting, decorative permeable paving, plaza and seating areas and refuge islands for safer pedestrian street crossing.
The overall benefits of the plan will include pedestrian scaled land-uses, reduced travel speeds, increased driver awareness, more bicycling, and neighborhood connectivity. Reduced vehicular travel speeds allow for easier and safer on-street parking, improved retail access and boosting the overall walking and livability conditions in neighborhood.
This project served as a case study for the Chicago Department of Transportation, and many of the features of this design have now become CDOT standards.