Downtown Bridges & Bike Trail Project

Next Meeting

April 17, 2013
City Council Meeting

At their meeting on April 17, 2013, the City Council will consider entering into a Professional Services Agreement with Mark Thomas and Company for design and environmental services for the Downtown Bridges, Trail & Fire Station site grading project. The staff report is available for review at the City Council webpage. This agenda item is only for the hiring of Mark Thomas and Company. They have not done any design work since the Design Contest, and no design issues will be considered at the April 17 meeting.

If the City Council approves the Professional Services Agreement, Mark Thomas will initiate their design efforts. The initial steps of work will be to conduct base mapping, topographic surveys and other collection of other background information. Once that work is complete, Mark Thomas would then begin refining their designs in consideration of the new data and the public comments received during the Design Contest. We expect to release the refined designs and solicit further public input during the summer or fall of 2013. Additional information will be provided on this page at that time.

Design Concepts

KPFF Design Concept 

Mark Thomas Design Concept


Public Workshops
 Downtown Bridges Consultant Selection Committee
City Council Meetings
 Meetings with Veterans Hall Users
 Downtown Bridges Overview 


Public Workshop #2

The second public workshop was hosted by the city at the Tower Theatre on November 29. Both design teams presented their design concepts and there was an interactive question and answer period for the public.

     Workshop #2 Summary     
     Public Comments Received

Public Workshop #1

The City hosted a public workshop on Tuesday, October 2 to kick off a competition to select the designer for the Downtown Bridge Project. The workshop featured brief presentations and opportunities to share your vision for the design of two new bridges and re-use of the existing Rube Nelson “Icehouse” Bridge. Workshop flier (PDF) 

These bridges are integral to creating the pedestrian and bicycle friendly environment envisioned in the Downtown Specific Plan. Your input is used by prospective design teams as they help bring the Downtown vision to life. See below for meeting materials: 

     Workshop #1 Summary
     Design Intention Statement

Downtown Bridges Consultant Selection Committee

The Selection Committee was appointed by the City Council to guide the consultant selection process and design competition, and to make a recommendation to the City Council on the preferred design. The Selection Committee includes members from the Transportation Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission, Revitalization Committee and Folsom Road Neighborhood Association. Agenda and notes from Selection Committee meetings are provided below. 

At Selection Committee Meeting #3, the committee recommended Mark Thomas and Company be the top-ranked design team for the Downtown Bridges, Trail and Fire Station Grading Project. The recommendation of the Selection Committee will be forwarded to the City Council in early 2013. The City Council will make the final decision on which design team to hire.

     Selection Committee Meeting #1 - Agenda
     Selection Committee Meeting #1 - Meeting Notes
     Selection Committee Meeting #1 - Staff Report
     Selection Committee Meeting #2 - Agenda
     Selection Committee Meeting #2 - Staff Report
     Selection Committee Meeting #3 - Agenda
     Selection Committee Meeting #3 - Staff Report

City Council Meetings

At their meeting of January 16, 2013, the City Council selected the Mark Thomas and Company team as the top-ranked design firm for the the Downtown Bridges, Trail & Fire Station site grading project. For more information, please see the staff report for that meeting.
Council Communication

Meeting with Veterans Hall Users

The City of Roseville will be holding regular meetings with the Veterans Hall, including Veterans organizations.

Meeting materials from December 3, 2012
     Meeting Summary

Meeting materials from October 30, 2012:
     Meeting Summary

Downtown Bridges Overview

This project includes a replacement bridge near the Downtown Library; the Oak Street Class I Bridge/Trail near the Veterans Hall; and a Downtown Bridge to Royer Park which is a key pedestrian feature in Downtown Roseville.

These projects are part of the community vision for Downtown Roseville as approved by the City Council as part of the Downtown Specific Plan, and identified as a priority by the City Council in August 2011 during the approval of the Downtown Public Improvement Plan.

These projects have specific grant funding and fee-based funding which cannot be used for other general fund purposes.  The intention of this project is to:

  • Enhance public places through high quality architecture and urban design.
  • Respect and honor the history and influence of the railroad on Roseville, including re-use of the Rube Nelson "Icehouse" Bridge. The Downtown Specific Plan recommends re-use of the Icehouse Bridge as part of the Oak Street Class I trail. However, the City will be looking also at the option of re-using the Icehouse bridge as the library replacement bridge.
  • Promote the WPA Style, a contemporary interpretation of Works Progress Administration era project (typified by economical use of natural materials such as concrete, stone, metal, stucco, wood and ornamentation and the use of craftsmanship and proportions to define the structure).
  • Celebrate creek ecology, riparian habitat and fall-run salmon through art, design and interpretive signs.
  • Safe, comfortable, convenient and connected trails, paths and walkways.