Faced with high groundwater and aging infrastructure challenges, the City of Grand Marais desired to improve their failing water and wastewater system throughout their downtown along Lake Superior. The city also wished to improve parking conditions at their municipal lot and on-street parking. JPJ Engineering was procured by the city to identify funding support programs, design efficient utilities, and improve safety between vehicle and pedestrian movements.
Grand Marais Downtown Improvements
Following the successful procurement of funding, the city embarked on a two million dollar community enhancement project that included new infrastructure and streetscaping.
Existing parallel parking was reconfigured into angled parking to allow for more on-street parking and calm the vehicular speeds. Trees, pedestrian amenities and decorative paving were added to the new downtown landscape, along with an extensive new street lighting package to bring the city a more vibrant sense of place for businesses, residents and tourists.
As a result of these improvements, flooding problems have reduced significantly and the city is pleased with the safer intermixing of vehicle and pedestrian movements throughout key locations in downtown Grand Marais.