Unlocking Urban Street Transformation: Overcoming Challenges Associated with Changing Urban Infrastructure

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Complexities of Rehabilitating Urban Streets
The moderator will introduce the session and panelists by providing a comprehensive overview of the imperative and challenges entailed in redesigning streets within established communities with aging infrastructure. He will shed light on the extensive efforts made by agencies and organizations, while also addressing their shortcomings and the prevalent pitfalls. Furthermore, the moderator will broadly summarize the obstacles such as existing conditions, regulatory codes, budgetary limitations, the diverse needs of current users, and the pivotal role of collaborative approaches in surmounting these challenges. Setting the stage for panelists to share their invaluable insights.

Civil Engineering Perspective
Mr. Gritz will explain the challenges civil engineers face in rehabilitating urban streets with aging infrastructure, limited right-of-way, and the need for traffic management strategies to minimize disruption to commerce and residents. He will relay the necessity of coordinating with utility companies, engaging the community, and navigating the complications of environmental regulations.

Planning/Transportation Engineering Perspective
Mr. Lewis will address the challenges involved in redesigning urban streets to prioritize pedestrians and cyclists over vehicles. These challenges include limited space, disruptions to traffic flow, and the need to integrate new infrastructure. Additionally, factors like community engagement, regulatory compliance, and funding constraints add complexity, necessitating innovative solutions and collaborative efforts among stakeholders and agencies.

Arborist/ Landscape Architect Perspective
Mr. Wessels will relay challenges with rehabilitating urban streets to accommodate new transportation modes and increase tree canopy. Limited space, navigating utility conflicts, and soil quality issues hinder tree planting and infrastructure integration. Community acceptance, maintenance needs, and regulatory compliance further complicate efforts. Ultimately necessitating an interdisciplinary collaboration and innovative solutions for successful urban street .
Oakland, CA
Distance Learning
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Development Trends
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Outcomes
1. Understanding the city/community vision, grant language and funding requirements, and timelines.
2. Assessing the site, knowing the site uses (throughout the year), property lines, encroachments, and easements.
Recognizing obstacles: regulatory codes, budget limitations, and existing user needs.
3. Navigating existing conditions: addressing utility setbacks, gaining community support, and managing liability with non-standard conditions.
4. Appreciating collaboration: the necessity of multidisciplinary approach in urban street rehabilitation projects.
1. Chris Kent, Landscape Architect & Principal at PGAdesign2. Laurence Lewis, Transportation Engineer for Kittleson & Associates3. Garrett Gritz, Civil Engineer at Diablo Engineering Group4. Mark Wessels, Arborist & Landscape Architect
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American Society of Landscape Architecture Northern CA Chapter

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