LOCATION: South Bend, Indiana
      BUDGET: $3.5 Million
      CLIENT CONTACT: Corbitt Kerr, PE
      PROJECT MANAGER: Dave Rafinski
      and Chris Chockley, PLA, AICP

The City of South Bend Board of Public Works commissioned Jones Petrie Rafinski to assist them in the development of the Bartlett Street Roundabout and Reconstruction project. This project was one of the first projects for the city wide 2-way street conversion planning initiative.

This project involved a multitude of stakeholders including, but not limited to, the City of South Bend, Memorial Hospital (Beacon Healthcare), the Indiana Department of Transportation, South Bend Medical Foundation, South Bend Community School Corporation, the St. Joseph County Historic Preservatons Commission, and Downtown South Bend, Inc. During the Design Development Phase, JPR spearheaded the necessary coordination with the City and stakeholders to obtain comments and buy-in in order to fully develop the final design from which to develop Construction Documents and Specifications.

Due to alternative funding sources this project has been split into two phases. The first phase involved the realignment of Bartlett Street and the redesign and construction of the entry drive and parking area in front of the main entrance to Memorial Hospital. Detailed Maintenance of Traffic plans were developed and studied in length since the pedestrian access into the hospital must remain. The improvements within this portion of the project include new LED lighting, improved storm drainage, a revised and more efficient vehicular circulation and pedestrian drop off area, additional parking and landscaping.

The second phase of the project includes the development of a new two-lane modified turbo roundabout to be constructed at the intersection of Bartlett and Michigan Street (SR 933). Careful attention to the proposed roadway speeds, the inclusion of the largest legal semi-truck, and pedestrian and bicycle crossing points were required to design a successful, safe and efficient roundabout design.

The aesthetic aspects integrated into the overall project were critically important since these improvements are considered the main entrance to Downtown South Bend as well as the entrance to the Memorial Hospital Campus. This project set the standards for the future downtown two-way street conversion projects.