Project Info:

Location: Cortlandt, New York

Role: Prime

Owner: Town of Cortlandt

Client: Town of Cortlandt

Construction Cost: $733,680


  • Highway/Roadway Design
  • ADA Facility Evaluation/Design
  • Streetscape Design
  • Stormwater/Pavement Drainage Design
  • Construction Engineering Inspection


Running through Cortlandt’s historic Hamlet of Verplanck, this stretch of Broadway was badly deteriorated and lacked sidewalk, curb, and organized on-street parking. Lochner provided preliminary and final design for the construction of sidewalk and curbing along Broadway from Fifth Street to Riverview Avenue, where the roadway terminates at the Hudson River. The project also included closed drainage improvements, pavement reconstruction, streetscaping, and the formalization of on-street parking. This locally administered federal aid project completes one segment of the much larger Westchester RiverWalk. The RiverWalk provides pedestrian accessibility through western Westchester County and access to recreation destinations in the lower Hudson Valley.

Lochner’s design added approximately 1,400 feet of new sidewalk, compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), along one side of Broadway and the same length of new curbing along the other side as well as pavement reconstruction and rehabilitation, all within the existing right of way. To further improve the aesthetics of the area and create a more welcoming feel for those entering the Hamlet, the project also introduced streetscape improvements that included landscaping features, upgrades to the existing closed drainage system, and formalized perpendicular and parallel parking lanes between Second and Fifth Streets. The addition of a water quality treatment area near the intersection of Broadway and Riverview Avenue fulfilled State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Program requirements for both this project and the previously constructed sidewalk between Fifth and Eighth Streets.

Balancing the scope of the project with the level of construction funding was critical to the success of this project. Lochner assisted the town in gathering input from an engaged group of residents in Hamlet. Their input was used to develop the list of proposed improvements; however, after discussions with local officials, Lochner determined that the projected cost for the ideal set of improvements significantly exceeded the available construction funding. To match available funding while still fulfilling the goals of the project, Lochner looked at a variety of solutions, including scaling back the limits of curbing and closed drainage and providing an uncurbed sidewalk in some areas. To further maximize available construction funding, Lochner utilized bid alternates in the final design. All design approval documents were prepared by Lochner in compliance with locally administered federal aid project, National Environmental Policy Act, and State Environmental Quality Review Act requirements. Lochner also provided the town with full-time construction inspection services.