Urban Enhancements within Highway Preservation Projects

Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
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  • Understand the opportunities and challenges that arise when planning 21st century mobility systems when restoring or replacing 20th century urban highways and bridges.

  • Learn about creative, cost-effective solutions that reconnect with communities, and improve pedestrian, bicycle and transit mobility while restoring critical highways and bridges.

  • Learn how community engagement and collaboration is critical to understanding multi-modal demand and urban connectivity needs.

Let’s Go CT! - Connecticut’s strategic statewide transportation plan for 2045 – is exploring the benefits and costs of multi-billion-dollar highway and bridge preservation projects. Preserving the state’s 50+ year-old transportation system is critical to the state’s economy, yet, there is wide public recognition that the transportation systems of the 20th century do not address 21st century needs. At the same time, fiscal realities restrict the ability of the state to construct new capacity or implement new systems that meet the current demand for multi-modal travel. Accommodating pedestrian, bicycle and transit travel needs while restoring or replacing mega highway projects enables the state to greatly enhance urban mobility at a significantly lower cost than constructing independent alternative transportation projects. This session will present and discuss case studies in such transformational preservation projects, including metrics used to measure and calculate the benefits that regions can realize when states and communities re-envision how transportation systems can be integrated with their cities – benefits that not only improve mobility, connectivity and access to jobs, but also improve the quality of life of residents.


Stephen Fitzroy , EDR Group , Boston , MA (see bio)
David Sousa , AICP , CDM Smith , Hebron , CT
Don Vary , CDM Smith , Fairfax , VA (see bio)
David Elder , AICP , Connecticut Dept. Of Transportation , Newington , CT (see bio)