Central Bayfront Parkway Project
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 selected alternatives for improvements along the Bayfront Parkway (Route 4034) include:
Dual-lane roundabouts at
Sassafras Street Extension and
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.
In coordination with the Bayfront Parkway project, work will also be done to construct a multi-use bridge near the Soldiers' and Sailors' Home and make improvements along 12th Street and the East Bayfront area. Proposed pedestrian improvements along the bluff to Water Works Road and the North Front Street realignment being led by the Port of Erie.
As part of the ongoing design process for the Central Bayfront Parkway Project, PennDOT is working with design experts and committee members to complete two peer reviews. The first was conducted in February with Kittelson & Associates of Harrisburg, nationally recognized experts on roundabouts with a focus on pedestrian safety, who examined the roundabouts at Sassafras and Holland streets. The second was done in March with T.Y. Lin International of Philadelphia, a global expert on pedestrian bridges, who offered several options for the structure at Holland Street. Results, including the minutes and presentations, from both peer review workshops can be viewed online.
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. For more information see the Environmental Document.
Two public meetings (a virtual meeting and a in-person open house) were held on September 14, 2021. The meetings included an update on the project plans, a summary of the recent peer reviews of the proposed roundabouts and Holland Street pedestrian bridge, as well as the anticipated project timelines and phases.
The recorded presentation presented during the virtual meeting is available to watch and the survey specific to the presentation remains open through September 28, 2001.
The presentation, as well as a narrated version of the rendering videos is also available on-demand through Community Access Media (CAM) - Erie.
PennDOT held earlier public meetings in December 2018, and August of 2019 at which time several conceptual and
Leading Alternatives were presented. The August meeting included a
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