2nd Street Reconstruction

Austin, Texas

Binkley & Barfield provided preliminary engineering services, design phase services, and construction services for the 2nd Street “Great Streets” Project in Austin, Texas. The City of Austin developed the Great Streets program to improve the quality of downtown streets and sidewalks to transform the public right-of-way into great public spaces. The 2nd Street project was the first Great Streets project and was performed over three phases. The program focused on creating a walkable and comfortable environment at the street level which required extensive design at and below grade to accommodate the streetscape program.

The project includes over 23,000 SF of concrete sidewalks, special curb ADA ramps, special foundations for street lights, traffic signals, and trellises, 900 tons of asphalt, tree planting with irrigation and drains, and new storm sewer piping from 18” to 54” and 6’x3’ box culverts. The design concept includes a 30’ wide street with 32’ wide sidewalks lined with trees and arbors, sidewalk cafés, outdoor marketing area and art pieces to create a unique sense of place within the downtown area of Austin.

In conjunction with the completion of City Hall, Binkley & Barfield prepared plans, specifications, and bid documents for reconstruction of 2nd Street which included roadway, drainage, water and wastewater replacement, and sidewalk design. The project also involved extensive communication with the public and business owners in the areas, coordination with dry utility companies, highly detailed construction phasing and traffic control planning and construction phase services.