4th Street

Columbus, IN

Creation of a complete street that accommodates all modes of travel while redefining the public space as a place of celebration for civic pride and sustainable design.

Working as part of a design and engineering team, REA was commissioned by the City of Columbus, Indiana to re-imagine a two block stretch of 4th Street as a pedestrian-priority street that could accommodate community festivals and enhance the City’s efforts to create a more walkable downtown.

REA’s design for this $2 million project employs both “complete street” and “green street” solutions to accommodate pedestrians, bicycles, and vehicles and integrate sustainable green infrastructure best practices. In a city known throughout the world for its iconic architecture, the transformation of 4th Street has led to renewed development and economic investment downtown.  The new street features a curbless environment to promote walkability and slow traffic, a permeable paver system that absorbs stormwater runoff and recharges the groundwater, low maintenance and energy efficient LED lighting, utility bollards to accommodate street festival vendors and performances, structural soil to promote healthy street trees, and site furnishings coordinated with adjacent developments.

REA’s services included conceptual design, facilitation of stakeholder meetings, coordination with numerous city entities and business owners, preparing construction documents, and construction administration. The project was completed in spring 2013.