To prepare Hodgenville, KY, for the nation’s Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration event, GRW designed a fast-track project renovating the town square to improve traffic flow and increase safety for residents and visitors while maintaining the historical integrity of the town square. The project involved improvements to the central square area of downtown Hodgenville, which is a National Register Historic District, through the design of a roundabout to ease traffic flow and allow visitors to safely visit a monument to Abraham Lincoln at its center.
The use of a roundabout, which is a transportation feature not commonly found in the United States, went beyond the typical design to encompass parking areas, splitter islands as crosswalks, all to ensure the safety of both pedestrians and vehicles. Features included signage, parking, brick paver fields, lighting, underground utilities installation (water, sanitary and storm sewer, and electric) and surface drainage. The entire project, including street lights, was designed in accordance with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KTC) standards since both intersecting roads are state highways. Also, most of the funding on the project was administered by KTC.
New lighting standards and luminaires resemble historically accurate fixtures from the past as indicated in details provided in the contract drawings. The project included 20 new lighting standards, along with ground mounted floodlighting for the existing Lincoln Statue and for a future statue. Lighting standards included duplex receptacles for holiday decorations.