Six North­eastern Uni­ver­sity civil engi­neering seniors say they have the answer to solving traffic prob­lems and pedes­trian con­ges­tion that plague Boston’s North End: sea­sonal, portable sidewalks.

The student-​​researchers redesigned the neighborhood’s Hanover Street as part of their “Engi­neering Essen­tials” cap­stone project. The team pre­sented the plans to the North End com­mu­nity during a public meeting on April 20.

City Coun­cilor Sal LaMat­tina, State Rep. Aaron Mich­le­witz, and Boston’s Com­mis­sioner of Trans­porta­tion Thomas Tinlin were in atten­dance and com­mended stu­dents for their work.

The plan — cre­ated by stu­dents Matt Walsh, Oliver Nowalski, Rodrigo Alonso, Matt Ford, Steve Leeber and Steve Curtin — calls for installing mod­ular units sim­ilar to those that have also been used in New York City and San Francisco.

They add seven feet of side­walk space to both sides of the street for pedes­trian and busi­ness use, allowing for a mixed use of the space, which is key for the Hanover Street area,” said Walsh, the team’s project manager.

Our project took a pedestrian-​​focused approach, adapting to sea­sonal demands that show an increase of pedes­trian traffic in the summer,” he added.

The stu­dents said the portable side­walks would improve traffic flow and increase usable space for pedes­trians and local busi­nesses. In the winter, when foot traffic decreases, the side­walks would be removed so that dri­vers could once again use the space to park.

The stu­dents’ plan, which includes re-​​allocated space that is more user friendly for all modes, could help Hanover Street become a more “com­plete street” as civil and envi­ron­mental engi­neering pro­fessor and cap­stone advisor Dan Dulaski said. Part of the capstone’s goal of a more “com­plete street” is a better bal­ance of space for the move­ment of people and goods which impacts eco­nomic devel­op­ment, and cre­ation of a place in which people want to stay.

Stu­dents also cre­ated spe­cial com­mer­cial zones to dis­courage delivery vehi­cles from double-​​parking; pro­posed more acces­sible bike racks; and sug­gested reor­ga­nizing parking spots on Com­mer­cial Street to allow for the cre­ation of more than two-​​dozen extra spots.

Last year, Dulaski’s cap­stone stu­dents tackled Broadway Street in South Boston.

The stu­dents are set up as essen­tially small con­sulting firms,” he said, adding that the cap­stone projects allow stu­dents to respond to the chal­lenges of real-​​world sit­u­a­tions and develop some of the “softer” skills of engi­neering, such as writing pro­posals, inter­acting with clients and making pre­sen­ta­tions to elected officials.