Bayfront Parkway Data Collection Studies to Begin

- Oil City - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announces the start of data collection studies along Route 4034 (Bayfront Parkway) as part of the Bayfront Parkway Corridor Study.

PennDOT and its consultant, McCormick Taylor, Inc., will begin data collection studies on Tuesday, Aug. 12 in the City of Erie. Workers will be in the study area along the Bayfront Parkway in the area bordered by 12th Street on the eastern and western ends of the corridor. Traffic in the area will not be impacted as a result of the field work.

Data collection is the first phase of the year-long Bayfront Parkway Corridor Study. The overall goal of the study is to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the corridor to identify improvement strategies that maximize safety and mobility throughout the corridor and support economic development.

“The Bayfront Parkway is an area of mixed use and future development, and with that comes a variety of transportation interests and needs,” said PennDOT District Executive, Bill Petit, P.E. “Those needs could include roadway improvements, parking accommodations, or additional transit, bike and/or pedestrian considerations. This study will utilize both technical studies and public outreach to help to better determine those needs and identify future transportation solutions.”

To fully understand the existing corridor, data collection studies will include traffic, bike and pedestrian counts; an origin and destination (O & D) study; and a safety analysis.

Travel counts will be taken at key intersections Tuesday, Aug. 12, and Wednesday, Aug. 13, during peak traffic hours in the morning and afternoon. Concurrently, the O & D Study will be conducted to observe travel patterns within the study area. Results of the O & D Study will help determine common routes travelers utilize and the type of traffic in the area, such as local traffic versus commuter traffic. Additionally, the study team will examine the crash history of the area to determine potential problem areas along the corridor.

The data collection effort will also include a comprehensive public outreach process that will include stakeholder interviews, a project website, an online survey, a Project Advisory Committee and public meetings. These opportunities will allow stakeholders and the public to provide feedback on the development of the study and future transportation improvements. More details about these opportunities will be available in the coming months.

For more information about the Bayfront Parkway Corridor Study, contact PennDOT’s Project Manager, Lyndsie DeVito, 814-678-7174.

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