MRA has undertaken a project to complete the preliminary design of California Street from Dakota Street to S. 3rd St. W. in URD II. A preliminary design of California Street from the Clark Fork River to Dakota Street was completed in 2012. (Preliminary Design) The current project will complete the preliminary design for the vision of a reconstructed California Street in URD II, and provide a blueprint for redevelopment activity along California Street between the Clark Fork River and S. 3rd St. W.
The project goals include improving public safety for all modes of travel on the reconstructed street; along with the addition of curb, gutter, and sidewalks. MRA has contracted with WGM Group, Inc. of Missoula for development of the preliminary design work. WGM Group completed the previous preliminary design of California from the Clark Fork River to Dakota Street, and will continue their design efforts on California Street south to S. 3rd St. W.
The first step taken last Fall involved notifying the neighborhood and other stakeholders of the project. In September 2017, the design team met with the Riverfront Neighborhood Leadership Team and introduced the Project at a general meeting of the Riverfront Neighborhood Council. WGM completed a retracement survey the California Street right-of-way and property boundary lines in the project area. After completing the right-of-way mapping, the Project Team met with interested residents and stakeholders in the project area. Based on the input received, several design alternatives were developed for California Street from Dakota Street to S. 3rd St. W.
The design alternatives will be presented and public comment received at a public open house 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Salvation Army 355 S. Russell St. on Thursday May 17th. The Project Team anticipates a preferred design alternative to emerge from the stakeholder’s input. The preferred design will be developed to a 70% preliminary design stage. The work is slated to be completed in the summer of 2018. At this time, no schedule has been set for a construction phase. Moving forward, MRA will be working to identify funding partners to complete the construction budget for the project.