PROJECTS / Urban Design + Planning
Cumberland Historic National Road Streetscape
In 2004, downtown Cumberland was slated for demolition as a result of a widening of Old National Road (US 40) to six lanes. The town was successful in pressuring the Indiana Department of Transportation into retaining their downtown and remaining historic structures. Landstory was selected by Cumberland to develop a concept resulting in a reduction and width of travel lanes proposed by INDOT and development of an overall vernacular for their new streetscape. A central median commemorates the placement and alignment of the original Interurban rail line. Site furnishings, lighting and signage and other amenities symbolize the varied modes of transportation responsible for bringing the Town of Cumberland into existence and highlighting its significant role in transportation history.