Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements

Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements along Seneca Road, North Hornell, NY

Seneca Road is primarily residential and provides a vital link in the Village between the City of Hornell to the south and the North Hornell School, future St. James Mercy Hospital and several businesses to the north. The existing sidewalks were in poor condition and the intersection sidewalk curb ramps were not compliant with current ADA standards. The curbing had deteriorated and the drainage inlets were also in poor condition. Bicyclists had to share the roadway travel lane with vehicles discouraging the use of bikes as a mode of transportation within the Village.

The goal of the project was to improve safety conditions for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. Lu Engineers was the prime engineering firm for this recent $1.1M Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) project that involved the removal and replacement of sidewalks and curbs for a one-mile length of Seneca Road between Cameron Street and Bowen Street. Intersection curb radii were improved to better accommodate the turning movements of the proposed design vehicle. Intersection curb ramps were brought into ADA compliance, and catch basins were replaced to improve the aging drainage system and to account for bicyclists. The curb replacements now properly contain and direct storm water runoff and provide for increased safety by keeping errant vehicles better contained within the posted 30 mph section of roadway.

Lu Engineers provided preliminary and final design services, construction administration support and construction inspection.