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Inner Loop East Transformation Planning and Design

Transforming an urban expressway into a local city street

Rochester, New York

This project, financed in part by federal TIGER Funds, will transform an urban expressway into a local city street that reestablishes the original city grid, reconnects neighborhoods disconnected from the central business district, improves pedestrian and bicycle mobility and aesthetics, and provides an overall revitalized corridor. 

This project assessed various alternatives for the removal of the early 1960s expressway including 4,400 feet of 4-6 lanes of expressway and three federal aid bridges. Traffic safety will be enhanced by eliminating the high speed facility, with its numerous non-standard and non-conforming features, and reestablishing the original low speed 2-way street grid.

Simultaneously, a significant barrier to redevelopment in the East End, one of Rochester’s most important downtown districts. The construction of an at-grade complete street supporting bicycle and pedestrian traffic between these two areas of the city will promote development and help create a more livable and walkable community. 

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