City of Mattawa, WA: Fast growing city with a plan for the future
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The City of Mattawa is a fast growing city along the Columbia River. Government Road is the main road and a major highway that runs east-west connecting most of the residential streets to the agricultural land. Currently, the road is 100 foot wide with mismatched sidewalks, gravel parking, and unclear lane divisions. There is considerable traffic congestion and pedestrian traffic with limited safe crossing areas.The town is working to improve the condition along the road such as creating a safe path for children walking to school, sidewalks, crosswalks, speed and traffic control. To study and develop an improved street plan, the city worked with the Rural Communities Design Initiative (RCDI) at Washington State University, Gray and Osborne, Inc., consulting engineers, and Berger Partnership, a landscape architecture firm.The RCDI team of faculty and students in Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, and Architecture worked in a co-design process by facilitating community workshops. RCDI worked with community members to collect data and identify problems concerning traffic in the community. Community members shared their ideas and interests in developing their community as safe and welcoming. After collecting information and perspective during the participatory community workshops, the RCDI team researched and designed a concept proposal and presented it to the community through a second workshop. After community feedback the proposal was revised, then presented to the City of Mattawa. The RCDI student team created a document which included the proposed design plan along Government Road and and planning for future growth. The plan included road sections, street light locations, pedestrian safety, traffic calming and lane divisions, parking options, streetscape and storefront character, community arts, and gathering spaces. Locations were proposed for a community center, city hall, and fire station.The RCDI conceptual planning document has been used by the City of Mattawa, Gray & Osborne Inc. and Berger Partnership for the refinement of the streetscape character and to prepare a feasibility study. The City of Mattawa is currently working on a community hall design based on interest expressed at the workshops.