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Albany Waterfront Transportation Improvements

Waterfront connections

  • Albany, New York

    Albany, New York

Enhancing a multi-use path network adjacent to the Hudson River

For a city on a river, water is always part of its identity. The Hudson River in Albany, New York, is no exception. Recently, in downtown Albany, we worked to enhance pedestrian and bicycle connections to the waterfront. As prime consultant, we called on our master plan to connect the community with the water while also upgrading safety.

To better accommodate bicyclists, pedestrians, and other path users, we expanded the multi-use path network accessing the waterfront. Pedestrians were known to cross the busy Quay Street through a nearby gap in a fence. For safety, we closed the gap and rerouted pedestrians to a new crosswalk location (with flashing pedestrian beacon). We also designed other measures, like curb bump-outs, street lighting, new sidewalks, and on-street parking.  

Our greatest challenge was probably convincing the City of Albany and the New York State Department of Transportation that a “road diet” along Quay Street would actually work. In addition to preparing the computations to reduce Quay Street from two lanes to one, video surveillance was used to further vet the proposed configuration.

With a thinner road, safer connections, and more crosswalks, the Corning Preserve area in downtown Albany can better support community members and their exploration of the Hudson River waterfront. 

At a Glance

Meet Our Team

Robert Cartwright , Senior Principal, Transportation

I get a great deal of satisfaction from matching our project staff to the client’s specific needs, ensuring successful, quality projects.
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Gary Sorge , Vice President, Community Development, Discipline Leader (Landscape Architecture)

Designing infrastructure with the ability to withstand natural and human impacts is an economic and social responsibility.
Gary Sorge Vice President, Community Development, Discipline Leader (Landscape Architecture) Read More

Lisa Westrick, Principal, Transportation

I’m passionate about solving problems and balancing the puzzle of how to best meet the needs, and wish list, of a client and the community.

Robert Cartwright

Senior Principal, Transportation

Gary Sorge

Vice President, Community Development, Discipline Leader (Landscape Architecture)

Lisa Westrick

Principal, Transportation

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