ALLEN ROAD MULTIMODAL SAFETY IMPROVEMENT STUDY

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA

McCormick Taylor directed the studies of traffic circulation and parking activity for this key multimodal gateway on Penn State's University Park campus.

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THE CHALLENGE

This project included a detailed traffic circulation study and conceptual design for the Allen Road Corridor on the northern side of Penn State’s University Park Campus. The corridor is a key multimodal gateway supporting pedestrians and bicycles, CATA transit buses, delivery trucks, and personal vehicles.

 

Corridor circulation and travel activity is complex with a variety of conflicts on the roadway space—heavy pedestrian and bicycle volumes between classes, commuting vehicles accessing campus and the Nittany Parking Deck, and pick-up/drop-off traffic at the adjacent Hort Woods Child Daycare Center. While no crashes were identified, near-misses are frequent, and the proximity of traffic to the Daycare Center produced a high level of concern.

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HOW WE HELPED

McCormick Taylor directed the studies of traffic circulation and parking activity, prior to developing six design alternatives incorporating input from a set of Campus Stakeholder Meetings.

 

The study culminated in a preferred alternative that included three separate projects to address the concerns by streamlining traffic circulation, consolidating pedestrian crossing locations, and adjusting flow within the parking area adjacent to the Daycare Center to balance safety and operational improvements across the transportation modes.

 

RESULTS

The study was completed in Fall 2016 and the first project was advertised for preliminary and final design in early 2017.

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