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Historic district's streetscape project gets nod

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The Sacramento Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) named the Historic District Revitalization effort in Folsom as a Project of the Year. The project was awarded in the small agency, historic restoration/preservation project category for projects ranging in cost from $10 million to $50 million division. The city's streetscape project was completed in May 2011. “It’s important to recognize public works projects because they benefit the residents in each community,” said APWA President Matt Brogan. “From streetscape improvements that are visible every day to infrastructure projects that happen out of site but improve our quality of life, we awarded big and small projects that APWA felt made the biggest impact.” The Historic (District) Revitalization project include removing the center medians and trees, relocating traffic lanes, creating limited on-street parking and delivery areas, adding ramps for ADA access and widening sidewalks to accommodate shoppers, outdoor eating areas and new shade trees. The city’s goal was to preserve its Historic District’s "cherished character and ambiance, while improving access for people with disabilities, improving fire protection, repairing aging water and sewer infrastructure and attracting new business through beautification," according to a press release issued by the APWA. The project was selected based on physical structures and facilities, construction management and control techniques, safety performance, environmental considerations, community relations and unusual accomplishments.