Location: Westchester County, New York
Owner: City of New Rochelle
Client: City of New Rochelle
Construction Cost: N/A
- Traffic/Transportation Analysis
- Signal Design
- Traffic Simulation
- Maintenance‐of‐Traffic (MOT) Plan Development
- Final Plans, Specifications, and Estimates (PS&E)
- Highway/Roadway Design
- Bike/Ped Facility Planning/Design
The Main Street and Huguenot Street corridor (signed as US Route 1) has an annual average daily traffic (AADT) of approximately 24,000 vehicles per day while the Pelham Road corridor has an AADT of approximately 10,000 vehicles per day. Both corridors currently experience levels of service (LOS) of D and E. The City of New Rochelle selected Lochner for this traffic flow improvement project, which is the largest locally administered, federal aid project in the Hudson Valley and is key to the city’s Downtown Redevelopment Plan.
Lochner is developing plans to replace the existing 39 signals on Main Street and Huguenot Street. The Lochner team is also overseeing the design of nine existing signals on Pelham Road as well as the development of a central traffic monitor system. This signal communication system combines existing fiber optic lines with point‐of‐site wireless communications and will help optimize traffic flow. CCTV cameras will be included to allow city traffic engineers to monitor traffic incidents, recalibrate traffic timings, and quickly adjust to traffic conditions. The system also includes fire department pre‐emptions for enhanced emergency response.
Lochner is also addressing the pedestrian facilities at the project area’s intersections. Lochner is adding/replacing pedestrian signals with countdown timers, replacing sidewalks at intersections, and adding ADA‐compliant curb ramps and crosswalks. In the central downtown area of New Rochelle, the new traffic signal poles and mast arms will be aesthetically compatible to the city’s historic commercial area.
As part of the city’s redevelopment plan for the downtown area, Lochner’s design converts the existing one‐way sections of Main and Huguenot Streets to two‐way operation, which will reduce vehicle speeds, improve the safety of motorists and pedestrians, and increase the level of service. Overall, the project design will improve the level of service of Main Street, Huguenot Street, and Pelham Road as well as enhance pedestrian accommodations, helping the City of New Rochelle to achieve its goal of revitalizing the central business district.