Bergmann worked with the Elmira community to generate ideas that differentiate and highlight the history and character of the city, and develop measures to encourage motorists to drive appropriately on a one-way corridor containing industrial, commercial, residential, and institutional land uses. The result included a master plan for the transformation of North Main Street, along with detailed construction documents for the first stage located between Fifth Street and Washington Avenue. North Main Street now has a functional yet balanced street and pedestrian system that coexists in harmony with the adjoining land uses.
The community-based design phase of the project involved a 12-member steering committee and several public meetings. Bergmann’s landscape architects worked closely with stakeholders to develop a streetscape that leaves a lasting, memorable impression on its users. Traffic calming measures in the plan include a gateway modern roundabout, recessed parking lanes, landscaped curb extensions and a combination chicane and raised-table pedestrian crossings. Where parking was removed from the street, it was replaced with off-street.