Elmwood Avenue (CR 87)

This $3 million LAFA project reconstructed 1.2 mi of a two-lane urban minor arterial from Hollywood Avenue to Clover Street. Erdman Anthony services included the completion of transportation system studies, planning and design activities, construction inspection/support, and public participation.

Erdman Anthony completed transportation studies to identify existing transportation network problems related to high traffic volumes associated with development surrounding this corridor using this urban arterial as the primary means of accessing the nearby interstate highway.  Erdman Anthony recommended improvements to address identified circulation problems and accommodate the high traffic volumes. Inclusion of a continuous two-way, left-turn lane was studied as a means to reduce rear-end type accidents and increase safety, but was not recommended due to adjacent property impacts. Installation of a standard shoulder section was recommended to improve traffic circulation around left-turning vehicles.

Erdman Anthony worked with the established advisory group to identify the existing deficiencies of the project corridor and brainstorm the proposed improvements that could be made to alleviate such deficiencies. Computer-generated visual simulations were prepared depicting the existing and “proposed” visual environment and characteristics of the corridor. Additional activities conducted as part of the visioning process included a walking tour of the corridor with the involved public officials, interest groups, and area residents to discuss the proposed changes and their associated impacts on adjacent properties, as well as show physical locations of key project components. 

Key design elements included pavement reconstruction; milling and resurfacing; curbing; sidewalks; drainage; street lighting; traffic signal improvements; signage and maintenance and protection of traffic during construction. A unique element to the design included installation of three driver feedback signs as a means to educate drivers with respect to actual speeds vs. posted speeds and to reduce vehicle speeds along the corridor. The project's design report included pavement evaluations, capacity analysis, and development of alternatives that addressed several sensitive project issues including lane and shoulder widths, drainage improvements, sidewalk treatments, and individual property impacts to the urban residential area.

Final design involved the development of detailed plans for the widening of Elmwood Avenue to accommodate turning lanes, shoulders, drainage improvements, curbing, and sidewalks. The design included maintenance of traffic plans depicting a project detour, traffic signal plans, striping and sign plans including specification of driver feedback signs, decorative street lighting plans and details, retaining walls, water main utility relocations necessitated by vertical alignment changes, and sewer pipe/manhole replacements. 

Project Accolades

  • Project Awards
  • 2008 Gold Award - American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)

Project Details


Brighton, NY


Monroe County Department of Transportation

Construction Cost


Project Contact

William McCormick, PE
  • William McCormick, PE
  • 585-427-8888 x 1080
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