The Pullman City Council recently met with urban renewal company, Welch Comer, to receive an update on the highly anticipated Project Downtown. This ambitious project aims to revitalize the downtown area's streets, public spaces, and infrastructure, and is expected to cost around $9.4 million.
With the project being 60% complete in the final design stage, residents can look forward to seeing improvements on Main Street and Grand Avenue, as well as Davis Way, Olsen Street, Kamiaken Street, Pine Street and Pine Street Plaza.
Thanks to President Joe Biden's $1.8 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, which is providing relief to U.S. cities and boosting the economy after the COVID-19 pandemic, this project is set to move forward.
Construction is set to begin on Main Street in late May, and will continue through August to reach substantial completion. This means that by early summer of 2024, the public will have access to the revitalized area.
The biggest change planned for Main Street is the lane configuration, transitioning from three lanes to two lanes from Kamiaken to Spring Street. Additionally, a bike lane will be provided on Main until Kamiaken, where it will be diverted north to avoid Grand. Main will also feature curb bulbs at intersections to shorten the crosswalk for pedestrian safety.
This is just the beginning of the exciting changes coming to downtown Pullman. Stay tuned for updates as construction progresses and the community eagerly anticipates the completed project.