Engineering Project Case Studies | Erdman Anthony

Street Design

Voice of the Community: East Main Street Reconstruction

This Locally Administered Federal Aid (LAFA) project involved reconstructing of 0.90 miles of East Main Street in Rochester, New York. Erdman Anthony took a Complete Streets approach to the design by narrowing the existing curb-to-curb pavement width from 50 feet to 33 feet to provide a multimodal transportation corridor that now accommodates vehicles, bicycles, and parking. 

Context-sensitive design solutions addressed deteriorated pavement and safety deficiencies, improved traffic flow, and improved mobility for bicyclists and pedestrians. In addition to new full-depth pavement, the project included new curbing, sidewalks, street lighting, landscaping, hardscaping, and water mains, as well as drainage improvements.

The project’s signature feature was the addition of a 5-foot-wide sidewalk-level one-way cycle track to provide a protected bicycle facility along each side of the corridor. Substantial public participation was involved to gain community support for the project and the proposed cycling-related improvements. The project also involved significant utility coordination to relocate private utilities (electric and telephone duct bank) due to the narrowing of the pavement section.

We are proud to share that the City of Rochester, NY recently ranked in the top 10 nationwide for The Best New U.S. Bike Lanes of 2023 by PeopleForBikes!


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2024 ACEC New York Engineering Excellence Silver Award
Category H: Transportation
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2023 Genesee Valley Branch APWA Project of the Year Award
Transportation ($5-25 Million Dollar) Category
William McCormick, PE
William McCormick, PE
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