Thompson Dyke & Associates, Ltd.
Main Street Infrastructure Master Plan; Princeton, Illinois

Client: City of Princeton
Engineer: Chamlin & Associates
Contractor: George Solitt Construction Company
Consultant: Metro Transportation Group
Category: Planning & Anaylsis

The Main Street Infrastructure Master Plan is a collaborative initiative that establishes a blueprint for the future economic development of the City of Princeton, Illinois. The plan recommendations leverage the City's planning, redevelopment and revitalization activities to link their Main Street Corridor with the Interstate 80 interchange, a critical means to boost tourism and attract additional reinvestment to the City of Princeton.

With the goal of connecting the interchange to each district along the Corridor, three significant corridors were identified as potential linkage points. Each was selected based on its lack of direct north/south vehicular and pedestrian connections. After undertaking a Peer City Analysis to review comparable successes and failures, the landscape architect worked with the City and the Princeton Streetscape Committee to develop street treatments appropriate for the Corridor.

The recommended physical improvements-sidewalk treatments, lighting, traffic improvements, signage, street furniture, and ornamental plantings-will infuse a sense of place and continuity within the Corridor.

The Main Street Infrastructure Master Plan serves as a framework for increased economic activity through the improved physical appearance of the Corridor, and enhanced pedestrian, vehicular, and alternate transportation linkages. Once fully implemented, this initiative will make the Corridor not only more functional and attractive, but have a major influence on the future vitality and stability of Princeton.