Saiki Design provided corridor planning assistance and landscape design services for the reconstruction of Menomonee River Parkway and a multi-modal off-road trail extension through the cities of Wauwatosa and Milwaukee. This popular roadway was experiencing high volumes of commuter vehicles as well as recreational pedestrian and bicycle traffic which resulted in congestion, road rage incidents and numerous pedestrian/vehicular conflict areas.
The reconstruction efforts integrated many traffic calming measures including curb extensions, raised pedestrian crossings and a designated off-road bike path. These efforts were put in place to slow vehicular traffic, minimize conflict points and restore the parkway to a multi-modal transportation corridor that provides an active recreational corridor for bicyclists and pedestrians.
A series of green infrastructure elements including vegetated swales, rain gardens and bioretention basins were utilized to help reduce sediment loads, provide temporary staging of runoff after rain events, allow for infiltration and provide enhanced aesthetic character along the parkway. Green infrastructure grants were obtained through the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District to help fund these best management practices and mitigate the harmful effects of run-off that was historically discharged directly into the Menomonee River.
Saiki Design worked closely with GAI Consultants, Martinsek & Associates and Milwaukee County Parks to garner public support for the project and produced phased construction documents for the overall corridor restoration and planting design.