Allentown sidewalks, benches and and bike racks will get their own logo when the city completes the $7.5 million redesign and overhaul of the neighborhood streetscape.
New street furniture, bicycle racks, garbage receptacles – and even concrete in some key intersections crossing Allen – will contain the Allentown Association logo.
"What will be unique about all of the street furniture is they will be incorporating the Circle A Allentown logo to create a distinct sense of place," said Jonathan L. White, Allentown Association vice president.
Major intersections crossing Allen Street – such as Franklin Street, Delaware and Elmwood avenues – will get the logo stamped into the concrete to "very clearly define the sense of place for the neighborhood," White said.
The logo at the intersections will be a monochrome version of the Circle A.
For bike racks, it will be a laser-cut steel insert. New benches and trash receptacles will have medallions of the logo, as well. New street lights, similar to the current Victorian gas lamp theme, will be part of the new streetscape.
White said that including a place-making element that incorporates the familiar Allentown “Circle-A” logo was a priority for the Allen Street Committee in order to create a unique visual impression that Allentown is a special place.
Construction is now slated to begin in the spring 2018 on a redesign of the street's sidewalks and pavement. The first phase will tackle the eastern end of Allen near Main Street to at least Franklin.
The street project reflects a significant redesign of Allen Street, most noticeably with a move away from traditional sidewalks that have a curb setting them off from parking and driving lanes. Instead, sidewalk and parking lanes will be at the same level and will slope down several inches to driving and bike lanes.
The rebuilt Allen Street will be wider, with slightly narrower sidewalks, varying by certain blocks, to allow for safer movement of two-way traffic. The streetscape also will have different paving materials, line markings and posts known as bollards that will set off where lanes begin and end.
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