Deadwood approves $55K for phase 1 of Main Street Master Plan

September 23, 2018

DEADWOOD — City officials are taking a closer look at several integral aspects of Deadwood’s Main Street, and the city commission Monday approved entering into a contract in an amount not to exceed $55,000 to complete phase one of the Main Street Master Plan.

Winter & Company was chosen as the lead consultant for the project, and on its team are Chamberlain Architects and Ferber Engineering, along with another consultant specializing in special event management out of Boulder, Colo., Deadwood Historic Preservation Officer Kevin Kuchenbecker said explained.

The Main Street Master Planning project is related to urban planning, special event management, safety and security, infrastructure reconstruction, pedestrian access, Main Street amenities, landscaping, public space development, all while working within a National Historic Landmark District.

It’s been three decades since Deadwood city officials took a look at Main Street.

“The purpose of this phase is to review previous planning efforts, background, documentation, on-site visits, and interviews, which will assist in understanding current conditions, physical constraints and issues, as well as provide a more in-depth grasp of what is needed and the associate work that has occurred on Main Street,” De Kuchenbecker said. “In addition, an initial cost estimate will be developed for potential work related to this planning effort, which is necessary for future bonding using HP funds. This phase will also build an understanding of how events are planned and implemented on Main Street.”

Phase one includes three primary tasks: collect and review background materials, which involves a review of existing site documentation and related information; expedited cost estimates for the bond issue, with the team doing its best to provide these preliminary costs for the upcoming bond issue; and events analysis, involving staff, events coordinator, downtown business owners and others working to understand how events are organized, scheduled, and implemented, noting some of the issues that are encountered when the event is occurring.

Main Street components identified for consideration in the master plan include: sidewalks, ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance, road surface to include crosswalks; trolley stops, bump outs for businesses; alignment of Deadwood Street; public restrooms; drainage, curb, and curb cuts; infrastructure, including water valves, curb boxes, domestic and fire department sprinkler services, piping, fire hydrants, manholes, etc.; a water service audit to eliminate single services to multiple buildings; water main crossings through the box culvert at Highway 14A/85; traffic signal light at Deadwood and Main Street; light poles and bases, sign poles, wayfinding signage; downtown sound system, Wi-Fi, security cameras; private utility coordination in rebuild and determining if utilities want to participate; traffic control/public safety billboards; event traffic planning; considerations for community gathering spaces, i.e., plazas or squares; new parking meter system featuring pay kiosks; sidewalk basements/coal chutes; roof drains to the storm sewer, smoke test; banners/bunting/lights across Main Street; and pedestrian crossings on Highway 14A/85 (Pioneer Way).

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