The Route 10 Widening project in Chesterfield County, Virginia utilizes an innovative intersection design called a superstreet, which eliminates the thru and left-turn movements of the minor cross-streets and instead requires those movements to turn right and U-turn a short distance away. The superstreet design is a favorable alternative to roads with wide existing medians and heavy thru and left movements from the major thoroughfare. In comparison to a conventional intersection, this superstreet concept increases driver safety as well as traffic capacity, while maintaining comparable property impacts and construction costs. This simulation reflects actual proposed roadway geometry imported from MicroStation and InRoads and design-year traffic volumes/movements as analyzed in VISSIM.
The restoration of the Ruth L. Bennett Home for Women and Girls and Wilson Memorial Nursery building has received a 2014 Preservation Achievement Award from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia for exceptional achievement in historic preservation.
Seated in the shadow of the Commodore Barry Bridge in Chester, Pennsylvania, the Ruth Bennett Home is a classic 1880s Queen Anne Victorian. During our work for PennDOT on the Chester City Access Improvements project, which involved the design of new access ramps to and from the bridge, it was found that the proposed improvements negatively impacted the Ruth Bennett property. In recent years, the buildings were left vacant, deteriorated and heavily vandalized; and as a result, they needed to undergo extensive structural repairs and upgrades to the electrical and mechanical systems. The rehabilitation project was completed in eleven months. Along with PennDOT and the State Historic Preservation Office, we coordinated with subconsultant and architect, TAO Design.
The rehabilitation of the Ruth L. Bennett Home for Women and Girls and Wilson Memorial Nursery building benefits the community, youth and aging populations of Chester. The recently closed after-school program, which had operated in the Wilson Memorial Nursery since 1929, has found new life and will reopen again under the auspices of The NIA Center (a local non-profit organization). Thanks to Ken Murphy (ph-hwy) for preparing the award submission.