What it does:
After adopting a Complete Streets Policy, the City of Battle Lake, Minnesota and PartnerSHIP 4 Health collaborated to transform Battle Lake's Highway 78 resurfacing project into the Battle Lake Highway 78 Complete Streets Project. With a strong focus on becoming a bike and pedestrian friendly city, the involved government and community agencies took this opportunity to incorporate placemaking to further strengthen the community economically and socially.
Complete Streets projects operate under the goal to design safe streets for all users including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorist, and transit riders of all ages and ability. The Battle Lake Highway 78 Complete Streets project aims to not only do this, but also to boost the local economy and incorporate placemaking.
Cost & Financing:
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) funded 90% of the project, covering the costs for the road reconstruction and sidewalks. A Legacy Arts grant and Partnership 4 Health funded the placemaking portion and bike racks.
Under a road diet, MnDOT transformed this four-lane street into a three-lane street, including a center turn lane and wider sidewalks that incorporate placemaking and pedestrian amenities. Amenities include benches, planter boxes, and bike racks. Two local artists were hired to design the placemaking pieces and over 130 volunteers from the community came together to create the pieces.
Local businesses report higher foot traffic and increased tourism. Additionally, new businesses opened along the street including a bike rental business.
|Patrick Hollister||PartnerSHIP 4 Health||(218) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Val Martin||City of Battle Lake||(218) email@example.com|
Patrick Hollister led the initiative for the city to adopt a Complete Streets policy and to make the Highway 78 a Complete Streets project. He is a part of PartnerSHIP 4 Health. Val Martin is the Clerk-Treasurer of the City of Battle Lake.