Downtown Whitefish has a visitor-driven economy dependent on creating a pedestrian oriented setting. Improvements that help to enhance the downtown character achieve this pedestrian friendly environment include:
Landscaped curb extensions (bump-outs)
The Baker Avenue Underpass is one of the important elements that has not been built yet, although it has been a priority project in city planning documents for more than a decade.
Secure & Welcoming Environment
The Baker Avenue Underpass is part of the "Whitefish Promenade" and provides a direct linkage between downtown and the Railway District west of Baker Avenue.
The design of the underpass will create a secure and welcoming environment that provides clear sightlines to and through the underpass. Bright, 24 hour lighting and security cameras linked to 24 hour surveillance will be included in the design.
Design of the underpass is currently underway and the project is anticipated to be built in fall or this year.