Landscaping and Amenities

Broadly termed, these features include trees, lighting, information signs, benches and other features which make a street more comfortable for its users and more attractive.

Excerpt IconExcerpt Cross-Section Elements: Trees
"An important aspect of roadside landscape design is the treatment of trees ... Integrating trees into the design of a facility has many advantages. Trees provide a visual edge to the roadway that helps guide motorists. Trees also add to the aesthetic quality of a highway. In urban and suburban areas, trees soften the edges of arterial and collector streets ... Trees are an important aspect of community identity and carry a great deal of emotional ties with the residents ... In general, transportation designers must balance safety with other community values when considering facility design and tree preservation." more...
from  Flexibility in Highway Design
Excerpt IconExcerpt Cross-Section Elements: Landscape Design and Plants
Landscape design is an important element to help mitigate nuisances and help the roadway fit the surroundings. Goal of landscape design is to provide vegetation to improve aesthetics and safety, lower constructions costs and create enough visual variety along the roadway.  more...
from  Flexibility in Highway Design
Excerpt IconExcerpt Detailing the Design
Particularly during the final design phase, it is the details associated with the project that are important. Employing a multidisciplinary design team ensures that important design details are considered and that they are compatible with community values. Often it is the details of the project that are most recognizable to the public. more...
from  Flexibility in Highway Design
Website Icon Website Furnishing Your Public Space (opens in a new window)
Learn about the "whys and wherefores" of public-space amenities with this series of features. Each offers design and use guidelines to help lay people and professional designers work with each other. Also included: notable examples of amenities from PPS' image database and, in some cases, information on select manufacturers.
--  Project for Public Spaces
Merritt Parkway: Greenwich, Connecticut
Greenwich, CT
Much has been written and reported about the safety improvements and landscape restoration of the Merritt Parkway which started in the 1990s in Greenwich, Connecticut, a unique community that shaped the approach that was ultimately taken to improve this roadway. The community's influence started long before any formal design process was undertaken, and in fact, and was instrumental in motivating the context sensitive design approach (although not called such at the time). Overall this project can be considered an excellent example of how a road represents so much more to a community than simply a transportation conduit. The future of this roadway was community driven and while the DOT provided the leadership and expertise to accomplish the improvements, their use of other professionals, such as landscape architects and historians, improved the final result. This case study focuses on the initial context sensitive design process which preceded the first improvements to the highway and revitalization of the setting.
Landscape and Interpretation Project, US-101
Raymond, WA
This project was part of Washington's scenic byways improvement program. It was a top priority for the city of Raymond to create a visually appealing community for travelers along US-101 and to introduce travelers to the unique Willapa basin, with its forested hills, natural rivers, tidal estuaries, salt marshes, and pristine bay.
Intermodal Improvements, US-2, Leavenworth
Leavenworth, WA
The purpose of this project was to improve multiple modes of transportation on US-2 through the community of Leavenworth.
Added Capacity and Noise Walls - SR-527
Mill Creek, WA
This project was developed to address congestion on a section of SR-527 between 164th Street SE and 132nd Street SE. SR 527 highway passes through downtown Mill Creek.

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