Bergmann lead a complex corridor transformation evaluation on a heavily traveled state highway that bisects historic Delaware Park in Buffalo, New York. The project evaluated several alternatives for this 3.5-mile corridor, comparing a range of possible interchange/intersection control measures (e.g., ramp removals, roundabouts, different operating speeds for future traffic conditions, etc.). Currently carrying 43,000 to 54,000 vehicles a day, project planning required an in-depth network-wide traffic analysis to evaluate the potential for traffic diversion onto the local street system under the various alternative scenarios.
The goal of the project was to create a functional, yet traffic-calmed highway corridor that respects and is more in harmony with the adjacent Fredrick Law Olmsted designed Delaware Park. Project elements include reduced traffic speeds, enhanced green spaces, and stronger pedestrian links between the park and land uses on both sides of the Scajaquada corridor and at its intersection crossings.
In-depth environmental investigations where needed as this corridor passes through an environmentally-sensitive area that is also rich in cultural resources. An emphasis was placed on minimizing park impacts, while taking advantage of the opportunities the park afforded. Also, long-term drainage and water quality enhancements were developed as part of the planned corridor improvements.
A proactive public involvement program was undertaken, including a series of Advisory Task Force meetings, interactive design workshops, project mailings and general public information meetings. An informative project web site was also created and maintained to share up-to-date information, project graphics, meeting minutes and reports with the public and task force members.