Downtown & Gateway Street Improvements

Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania

Planning and design of a six-block downtown revitalization project including comprehensive street corridor capital improvements and enhancements.

The Slippery Rock downtown district serves as the entrance to the borough and nearby Slippery Rock University. Over the years, the deteriorating condition and declining economic vitality of the downtown district had an increasingly adverse effect on university enrollment and village economic development efforts.

Street corridor improvements and enhancements included burying all of the overhead wires, installing new historic-style streetlight and traffic signal poles, and constructing new concrete sidewalks highlighted with decorative paving patterns and rock outcroppings. An adjoining parking area was renovated with paving, lighting and landscaping to supplement the downtown parking supply, and the alleyway connecting the parking area to Main Street was improved with a curvilinear walkway, lighting, furnishings and landscaping. A gathering-area with pavilion was also constructed as a venue for special events. Local artisans were involved in designing many of the streetscape project elements including a stone fountain feature and several public art pieces.