Orange Cone Round-up:
A Quick Summary of Nearby Construction, Roadway Improvement Projects
Whether you’re an employee, patient, or loved one heading to URMC, you’ll notice an uptick in area construction work this spring. While admittedly inconvenient in the short-term, once completed we anticipate that these projects will make getting to and from our campus worlds easier. They’re also incredibly healthy growth indicators, as we, in the face of a lagging economy, add employees and become a more and more sought-after place for medical care.
Below, we’ve sketched out the scope and target end dates for five major projects coming down the pike. You can find more information, including an RSS feed of important impact notices (e.g., temporary detours, noisy phases), here.
I-390 Corridor Overhaul – Administered by New York State Department of Transportation.
The one-mile stretch of I-390 between the Genesee River and I-590 – including interchanges at Exit 16A-B (to East River, West Henrietta, and East Henrietta roads) – often grows congested with vehicles commuting to the University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital, Monroe Community College, and numerous commercial and retail outlets in the bustling Brighton area. To improve traffic flow and minimize safety risks along this piece of highway, a multi-phase, multi-year “Access 390” highway improvement project will be fully underway in the spring.
Aspects of the projects nearest to URMC are among the first in line. In fact, work on the first contract commenced this past fall, with workers clearing the site and relocating utilities nearby East River and Kendrick roads. This initial, $8 million “Access 390” phase brings significant changes aimed at improving traffic flow.
- A modern roundabout replaces the traditional intersection of East River and Kendrick roads; workers also will construct a new southbound I-390 on-ramp in the vicinity. Both Murlin Drive (near UR’s laser lab) and I-390’s existing southbound exit ramp to E. River Road will be shifted slightly to accommodate these roadway improvements.
- A new auxiliary lane at the divergence of I-390 southbound and I-590 northbound (near Route 15A) will support high-volume, merging traffic.
- A multi-use fitness trail will link up area neighborhoods with the Lehigh Valley Trail and UR/URMC campus.
In general, workers will maintain access for most of the project’s duration, but there will be period next summer when portions of E. River and Kendrick roads will close and detours will be posted.
Subsequent “Access 390” phases in URMC’s vicinity include a project to widen the Kendrick Road bridge and provide a direct on-ramp to I-390 northbound. While details are still finalizing, the cost is in the $20 million range. This particular contract – expected to start in March 2013 be complete by late 2014 – will reduce heavy congestion on these side roads and create a more practical entrance to our campus.
Want to keep updated as the project unfolds? The DOT is in the process of developing an informational website as details come into focus. You can find it at www.dot.ny.gov/access390.
Mount Hope Improvement – City of Rochester-sponsored.
Extending along Mount Hope, from Cook Street down to Rossiter Road, the project aims to improve safety along the most accident-prone section of road in the county. It’ll also build a more efficient thoroughfare for our upcoming College Town development, thanks to a new center median (to restrict left-hand turns out of businesses) and general road widening. Work began in summer 2012 and could take up to two years. (View the DOT's Mount Hope webcam, here.)
Westfall Road Project – City of Rochester-sponsored.
Starting in early April and running through Oct. 1, 2013, the stretch of Westfall Road between South Clinton Avenue and East Henrietta Road again will become one-way – westbound traffic only. The project, which began last year, calls for a complete refurbishing of this pot-hole-heavy corridor, including new curbs, sidewalks, landscaping, drainage and more.
Have questions about a roadway project in our vicinity? Please contact Shawn Casey at 275-2082.
College Town – the new mixed-use development planned along Mount Hope Avenue, featuring restaurants, shops, offices, market-rate apartments, and more – will serve as a vibrant gateway to our University and provide convenient shopping and amenities to URMC employees and neighborhood residents.
Site preparation requires gradually reducing some employee parking areas to make way for actual groundbreaking and construction, which will take place in March 2013. Once groundbreaking takes place, construction vehicles will move into the footprint of the construction area, eliminating most roadway congestion.
New Golisano Children’s Hospital
This past November 2012, we’ll broke ground on a brand new Golisano Children’s Hospital that introduces private rooms and other family-friendly features.
While most work will take place on our property, construction necessitated a mix of temporary and permanent relocations – impacting our Cashier’s Office, Patient Discharge point, James P. Wilmot Cancer main entrance, as well as the Patient Discharge/Cath Lab entrance, staff shuttles, and a number of RTS bus stops.