Charlotte Amalie Streetscape Design

Charlotte Amalie Streetscape Design

Location: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Client: Jaredian Design Group for the Virgin Islands Public Works Department

Completion Date: Design: 2010

A busy tourist shopping district is no place for frequent flooding. Nor is it the place to impede traffic flow with construction obstacles. The Virgin Islands Public Works Department must address these competing concerns in creating a new streetscape for a 1-mile segment of Route 308-Dronningens Gade, commonly known as Main Street in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.

  • Engineering design
  • Preparation of plans and specifications
  • Cost estimates for stormwater improvements and traffic maintenance

The project limits span from the junction of Route 3019-Guttets Gade east along Route 308 to its junction with Tolbod Gade, including the area commonly known as Post Office Square, the heart of the city’s financial district. It also includes a section of Route 351, or Bunker Hill-Commandant Gade and Domini Gade.

The street typically floods with rainfall of more than 2 inches, pouring water into the high-end jewelry shops and alley malls that line the route and make it a popular tourist destination. The 22- to 24-foot wide asphalt concrete pavement, one-lane road with side parking has irregular 2- to 4-foot concrete sidewalks on each side with limited curb and gutters. Expanded sidewalks and stormwater improvements are major components of the streetscape plan.

As a subconsultant to Jaredian Design Group, a local A/E firm, Burns & McDonnell is providing engineering design, preparation of plans and specifications, and cost estimates for stormwater improvements and traffic maintenance during construction. Design is scheduled to be complete in 2010.

Preliminary plans include evaluating construction at night to preserve the daytime hours for business and sightseers. One design alternative is to reduce the traveled way of Main Street to a 12-foot traffic lane with occasional street-side parking, widening the concrete pedestrian sidewalks from 4 feet to 8 feet where possible. The design will also introduce new curbs and gutters, pavement markings and pedestrian crossings. Aesthetic solutions will include local materials, wider pedestrian walkways and sustainable features that maintain and enhance the Caribbean flavor of the island.