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Bayfront Parkway Study

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Project Overview

The City of Erie is experiencing a resurgence of both private and public sector development and investment in its downtown and on the Bayfront. In the heart of these developments lies the Bayfront Parkway, which has served the community since the early 1990s. The parkway serves as the east-west connection, but a need for north-south connections is growing.

In collaboration with local project stakeholders and the community, the Bayfront Parkway Project will enhance these connections and provide the infrastructure needed to support the growth of the region.

The purpose of the project is to improve the pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and passenger vehicle connections between the Erie Central Business District and adjacent neighborhoods to the waterfront property north of the Bayfront Parkway, to reduce crashes on the parkway as much as practical, to decrease future congestion to an acceptable level of service or delay, and to increase traffic operations and efficiency.

The preferred alternatives for improvements along the Bayfront Parkway (Route 4034) include:

  • Dual-lane roundabouts at Sassafras Street Extension and Holland Street;
  • Grade separate intersection at State Street, including a traditional signalized at-grade intersection and a path for through traffic on the Bayfront to travel below the intersection;
  • Sidewalk and crosswalk upgrades throughout the length of the project;
  • Multi-use trail connecting the existing trail network, downtown, and the waterfront; and
  • Overhead pedestrian bridges at each intersection.

Other possible work planned in coordination with the Bayfront Parkway project includes proposed pedestrian improvements along the bluff to Water Works Road and the North Front Street realignment being led by the Port of Erie and privately maintained bridge near the Soldiers' and Sailors' Home. 

Public Meetings

Public meetings were held in December 2018, and August of 2019 at which time several conceptual and Leading Alternatives were presented. The August meeting included a Formal Presentation.

In collaboration with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) classification for the Bayfront Parkway Central Corridor Improvement Project has been reclassified from an Environmental Assessment (EA) to a Level 2 Categorical Exclusion Evaluation (CEE). The FHWA found the project, as proposed, will not either individually or cumulatively have any significant or adverse environmental impacts, and has provided approval for the project to be advanced as a Level 2 CEE.

Additional public involvement activities are expected to be held during the later phases of the project. 

The summary of the feedback gathered during the meetings is available below:

The public is also invited to join the PennDOT-sponsored Bayfront Parkway Project Facebook group to receive updates and leave comments.

Additional information and project updates can also be found at the following sites at www.bayfrontparkwayproject.com.

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