The home of Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) is a National Historic Site in Hyde Park, NY, that is managed by the National Park Service (NPS). The site includes Springwood, the historic Roosevelt estate; the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library; and the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center. The FDR site on U.S. Route 9 is connected to Val-Kill, Eleanor Roosevelt’s home away from home, on State Route 9G via a farm lane trail through the woods. It is a popular trail for pedestrians and bicyclists, and NPS operates a tram along the trail from FDR to Val-Kill.
The FDR Park Entrance and Spur Trail Project included roadway access improvements to increase crossing safety at the park entrance on Route 9 and the farm lane access at Val-Kill on Route 9G, a new parking area off Route 9, and a new spur trail connecting the new parking area to the farm lane trail. The improved entrance on Route 9 features a signalized intersection with traffic actuation and pedestrian signals. Our work was completed as a subconsultant to the architectural firm Bargmann, Hendrie + Archetype, Inc. (BH+A).
Erdman Anthony completed traffic analysis and conceptual design for several alternative layouts for the Route 9 and Route 9G entrance intersections and discussed the alternative layouts with NPS, New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), and other stakeholders to assist with selection.
Following establishment of funding, Erdman Anthony provided detailed civil design drawings and technical specifications for the Route 9 signalized intersection, roadway entrance modifications on routes 9 and 9G, the new spur trail, a new parking lot with a bus drop-off and pedestrian shelter, and required stormwater-management facilities. Erdman Anthony also provided detailed structural design for stream-crossing and wetland-crossing boardwalks on the spur trail and for the pedestrian shelter at the new parking area, and detailed electrical design for electrical-service modifications at the site and the signalized intersection. All designs addressed horizontal and vertical layout and accessibility considerations, which were coordinated with the landscape architectural subconsultant to BH+A.
Erdman Anthony served the project through the construction phase, providing inspection services, submittal review, highway work-permit coordination with NYSDOT, and assistance to NPS through completion.
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