Downtown Muskegon Streets: Walkability Makeover

Muskegon Avenue and Webster Avenue construction is complete!

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Lots of benefits from this project for downtown Muskegon, including:

  • More walkability to the downtown area. New ‘bump-outs’ at street corners will shorten the crosswalk almost by half, so walkers can cross the street quickly and safely. Narrowing the streets allows for more trees and grass in the landscape. Traffic signals have also been removed to improve the flow of traffic.
  • Better stormwater management. Open-bottom catch basins reduce the amount of stormwater that flows into Muskegon Lake, and narrowed street width reduces the impermeable surface area by 20 percent. This project will divert about 2.5 million gallons of water from flowing directly into Muskegon Lake each year.
  • The “neighborhood-feel” restored. The avenues are in a historic homes district. By narrowing the streets and slowing traffic, the neighborhood has been restored to complement this historic character, which has become the new normal for downtowns.

“We’re restoring a neighborhood in many ways,” Mayor Stephen Gawron said at the ribbon cutting. “Back in the day […] we cut highways through neighborhoods and cities because we were so focused on cars. It’s nice that we are at a period in our culture and this era that we are concentrating on people.”

Want to know more? Read our project summary.

Before: February 2015
After: November 2015

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