Mullan Road Improvements

An emphasis on safety, function, and beauty.

As one component of the Four Corners/Bureau of Land Management Corridor Master Plan, the City of Coeur d’Alene decided to redevelop Mullan Road, a high-profile thoroughfare near the downtown core of this bustling four-season resort town.

Located between Independence Point beachfront, Fort Sherman Playground, and Memorial Softball Field, Mullan Road traverses through heavy pedestrian-traffic areas with significant mid-block pedestrian-crossing activity.

The primary goal was to increase the safety of the road while making it better serve the community and all forms of traffic.  Design team Welch Comer Engineers and Bernardo|Wills Architects created a narrowed roadway width, accentuated pedestrian crossing locations, traffic-calming features, and the ability to close off the road during seasonally high pedestrian activity.

The project included revamping the historic Memorial Softball Field’s frontage.  The gravel parking lot was converted into a beautiful hardscape paver plaza that is anchored by the historic Carousel on one side and the Memorial Field grandstands on the other.

Colored concrete and decorative pavers tie the two park areas together.  Decorative hardscape designates an area for pedestrians to safely cross Mullan Road and alerts motorists of the crossing area.  The hardscape starts in the roadway and heads north into Memorial Field plaza, where it changes from colored concrete to decorative clay brick pavers as it goes from the roadway into the plaza.

A paved, 104-stall parking lot was incorporated in the Memorial Field gravel parking lot, providing additional nearby public parking for park and beach users. 

Specifications

  • Client: City of Coeur d’Alene Parks and Recreation Department
  • Location: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
  • Size: the length of Mullan Road between Northwest Boulevard and Park Drive
  • Completed: 2016