EPA Hosts Green Street Design Walking Tour, Workshopsand Meetings in Joplin, Mo.
By Kris Lancaster(Lenexa, Kan., June 24, 2013) - EPA hosted a green streetdesign workshop and meetings June 18-19, 2013 that willprovide Joplin, Mo., with technical assistance to consider“green complete street” eatures or the city’s 20th StreetCorridor rom Main Street to Highview Avenue. Beorethe workshops, EPA and city sta conducted a walkingtour o the 20th Street Corridor on June 18 to dis-cuss green options that support vibrant and healthy neighborhoods.Te workshops and public meetings were held tostimulate ideas and conversations based on streetmanagement strategies, with an emphasis on dem-onstrated results that have worked in other com-munities.A green complete street can be saely used by pedestrians, cyclists, transit and cars and man-ages stormwater in an environmentally appropri-ate manner. Te 20th Street Corridor is presently primarily used only by automobiles.Features and options discussed included widening
Karl Brooks, EPA Region 7 administrator and city sta tour the 20th Street Corridor onJune 18, 2013 in Joplin, Mo. EPA hosted a green street design workshop and meetings,June 18-19 that provided the city o Joplin technical assistance to consider “green com-plete street” eatures. (USEPA Photo by Kris Lancaster)Karl Brooks, EPA Region 7 administrator and city sta tour the 20th Street Corridor on June 18, 2013 in Joplin, Mo. EPAhosted a green street design workshop and meetings, June 18-19 that provided the city o Joplin technical assistance toconsider “green complete street” eatures. USEPA Photo by Kris Lancaster)
o sidewalks, bike paths, andgreen inrastructure. Greeninrastructure eatures suchas rain gardens, permeablepavement and the use o na-tive plants help to minimizestormwater runo whileremoving pollutants. Teintent is to manage stormwa-ter through environmentally benecial practices, whichcan divert stormwater intothe ground or store it oruture use.Visuals were displayed at themeetings o initial designschematics and descriptionso street design options. EPAand its contractors SRA andHDR provided examples o green street designs rom other communities,trends and direct input or nal design plans.Te ocus o the project is the development o asustainable streetscape plan or a two-mile seg-ment o 20th Street rom Main Street to Highview Avenue. Much o this corridor was destroyed dur-