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Inner Loop East Transformation Planning and Design

Transforming an urban expressway into a local city street

  • 6


  • 9

    Month Schedule

  • $18.5

    Million Construction Value

  • Rochester, New York

    Rochester, New York

Reconnecting the business district, improving pedestrian and bicycle mobility, and providing an overall revitalized corridor

This project, financed in part by federal TIGER funds, will transform an urban expressway into a local street that restores the original city grid, reconnects neighborhoods cut off from downtown, improves pedestrian and bicycle mobility and aesthetics, and provides an overall revitalized corridor. 

Our team assessed alternatives for removing this 4,400 feet of 4- to 6-lane expressway and three bridges, all dating to the 1960s. Turning the expressway—with its high speeds and numerous non-standard and non-conforming features—and reestablishing the low-speed, two-way street grid will significantly improve traffic safety.

In addition to traffic dangers, the expressway created a significant barrier to redevelopment in the East End, one of Rochester’s most important downtown districts. Replacing it with an at-grade complete street with state-of-the-art bicycle and pedestrian facilities between the East End and downtown will promote development and spur creation of a more livable and walkable community. 

At a Glance

ACEC New York Diamond Award in the category of Transportation, 2018
APWA Project of the Year, Transportation, 2017

Inner Loop East Transformation Project in Rochester, NY

Reconnecting a community while attracting new businesses, residents, and visitors is exactly what our Inner Loop East project has achieved as it transformed a moat-like 1960s downtown expressway into an at-grade complete street.

Meet Our Team

Laura Best, Hydrogeologist

No matter how you prepare, field work always has surprises. Figuring out the answers is challenging—and part of the fun.

Jon Hartley, Associate, Transportation Engineer

As a transportation engineer with diverse projects and clients, I see each day as an adventure on the road to improving our communities.
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James Hofmann , Principal

I am driven by the ability to see our vision become reality, proving that one action, one project, can make a difference.

Sean W. Miller, Senior Civil Engineer, Transportation

What excites me every day is the reality that improving the community’s infrastructure improves their quality of life.
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Paul Winterkorn, Senior Construction Administrator

Managing the construction of complex projects takes dedication, attention to detail, and the ability to peer into the future.
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Laura Best


Jon Hartley

Associate, Transportation Engineer

James Hofmann


Sean W. Miller

Senior Civil Engineer, Transportation

Paul Winterkorn

Senior Construction Administrator

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