A Brief History of the Downtown Improvements Project
In June of 2022, the Hanford City Council approved the recommendation to allocate $4.4 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for street improvements in downtown Hanford. Six months later (December 2022), Peters Engineering Group, along with City staff, presented the development scenarios and the implications to traffic, parking, future planning and budget for each scenario. Council directed staff to circulate a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the design of pedestrian improvements and a single roundabout at 7th and Douty.
The RFP identified the following design and engineering tasks:
Roundabout at the intersection of Douty Street and Seventh Street, including ADA compliant sidewalk, curb and gutter, alley approaches, ADA ramps, storm drainage improvements, street section reconstruction, and diagonal parking modifications on Douty Street from Sixth Street to Eighth Street.
Reconfiguring Douty from four to two lanes from Sixth to Eighth Street and replace existing parallel parking with angled parking (“Road Diet”)
Streetscape Improvements on Douty from Sixth Street to Eighth Street and on Seventh Street from Douty to Irwin.
Removal of traffic signals not meeting warrants at Seventh and Harris, Seventh and Irwin and Seventh and Douty. Replace Seventh and Harris and Seventh and Irwin with bulb-outs and four-way stops. Replace Seventh Street and Douty signal lighting with a roundabout design.
On May 2, 2023, Council approved a engineering and design services contract with Interwest Consulting Group for the Downtown Improvements Project.
Documents Related to the Downtown Improvements Project