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East Capitol Boulevard Renovation, Salt Lake City, UT – VODA Landscape + Planning

East Capitol Boulevard Renovation, Salt Lake City, UT

Working on a team with Fehr and Peers, Design Workshop designed improvements along Salt Lake City’s East Capitol Boulevard. East Capitol Boulevard currently has no marked parking and no crosswalks for pedestrian safety – yet it is the main location of parking for visitors to the capitol, especially during the legislative session.
Salt Lake City Corporation recognized the lack of cohesive design on this important stretch of road and hired Design Workshop’s team to design safety and traffic calming improvements for the road and design elements of the Utah State Capitol Campus Master Plan which are still incomplete. The master plan, developed by the Capitol Preservation Board, lists several goals and objectives for East Capitol Boulevard that include: respond to the critical issues of traffic patterns on and around the Capitol Campus; recognize the need for traffic calming on streets surrounding the Capitol Campus and provide solutions that reduce surface parking and provide for 1200 cars minimum.

With these objectives in mind Design Workshop began by aligning the goals and objectives of Salt Lake City with those of the Capitol Preservation Board, and developed a site analysis and conceptual design that realized these goals and established opportunities for connecting the Capitol to the greater community. The plan creates and integrates trails, and creates connections to the adjacent and historically significant Memory Grove Park with a historic interpretive plaza overlooking the park and more visible connections to the park. In addition, the proposed design achieves the goal of turning East Capitol Boulevard into a more pedestrian friendly environment, through the integration of landscaped medians that serve to calm traffic and directing pedestrians to controlled street crossings.

Previous project experience of Melanie Schmidt (Voda) while working for Design Workshop