Park Avenue is a 1.25-mile urban arterial roadway located just off the I-99
Frankstown Road exit in Altoona, PA. The roadway separates commercial
development and regional recreational attractions such as Lakemont Amusement
Park and Blair County Ballpark along one side from residential neighborhoods
along the other. Due to increasing traffic volumes and additional planned
development in the area, a design team led by Erdman Anthony was selected to
provide preliminary engineering, final design, and construction consultation for
the widening of Park Avenue from two lanes to five lanes.
The new bridge
was located in a FEMA-regulated floodway, requiring preparation of a FEMA Letter
of Map Revision (LOMR) by Erdman Anthony. A LOMR officially revises the Flood
Insurance Rate Map and/or Flood Boundary and Floodway Map.
advisory committee provided the backbone for a strong public involvement program
that addressed both commercial and residential concerns. Although more than 80
properties were impacted, alignment adjustments were made based on public
feedback and an amicable relationship with all project stakeholders was
maintained. The management of traffic access to Park Avenue was a central design
challenge. Five streets that had intersected with existing Park Avenue were
permanently closed, and three major intersections were signalized. A linear park
and trail with aesthetic lamp lighting were included along the residential side
of the widened highway, and bus pull-offs provide improved public access to the
ballpark. An existing bridge over Brush Run was demolished, and a
lower-maintenance structure was built. Stormwater management required the
relocation of a stream and construction of two retention ponds. Underground
utilities were carefully located using nonintrusive methods, and close
coordination was maintained with utility owners. The new Park Avenue offers an
improved commute for residents in the area and provides a smoother, more
picturesque ride that showcases some of Altoona’s best-known attractions.
Official Park Ave
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