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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
Transportation Project of the Year

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

Malinda Gaskamp, Senior Associate

Charity and local project involvement keeps me rooted in my community. What inspires me on a personal level helps me grow as a professional.
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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.

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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Mike Flanigan, Senior Associate

I enjoy understanding our clients and their needs and drawing on my decades of experience to ensure those needs are met—every day.
  • Malinda Gaskamp

    Senior Associate

  • Jon Hartley

    Associate, Transportation Engineer

  • James Hofmann


  • Paul Winterkorn

    Senior Construction Administrator

  • Mike Flanigan

    Senior Associate

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