Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) northwest District 1 announced today
the preferred alternatives for the Bayfront Parkway Central Corridor
Improvement Project in the City of Erie.
The purpose of the
project, which is focused on the intersections with Sassafras Street Extension,
State Street, and Holland Street, 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.
alternatives for improvements along the Bayfront Parkway (Route 4034) include:
roundabouts at Sassafras Street Extension and Holland Street;
intersection at State Street, including a traditional signalized at-grade
intersection and a path for through traffic on the Bayfront to travel below the
and crosswalk upgrades throughout the length of the project;
trail connecting the existing trail network, downtown, and the waterfront; and
pedestrian bridges at each intersection.
Other possible work
planned in coordination with the Bayfront Parkway project include proposed
vehicular and pedestrian improvements along the bluff to Water Works Road and
the realignment of West Front Street being led by the Port of Erie; and
privately maintained bridge near the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home.
alternatives were developed to take into account feedback gathered during
public meetings held in December 2018 and August 2019, additional community
outreach efforts, and numerous collaborations with local business and community
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.
In accordance with
Governor Wolf’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts, public comment will be accepted
online only. The public can continue to give feedback on the project by
Additional public involvement activities are expected to be held during later
phases of the project.
information on the project, including the comment form, can also be found
online at www.penndot.gov/District1
by clicking on Bayfront Parkway Project under the Resources heading.
Information can also be obtained through the PennDOT’s Bayfront Parkway Project
Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/BayfrontParkwayProject.
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