Syracuse University is well on its way to a strong connection with downtown through a series of bus routes, walking paths and bike lanes. That's thanks to the project called the Connective Corridor. Phase one is already complete. Our Katie Gibas met with project developers to give us a look at phase two.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- For those who travel East Genesee Street regularly, the nightmare of construction this past summer is hard to forget. But fast forward a few months and the new streetscape is all people can talk about.
"Little by little, each improvement they make is just going to enhance that area and the pedestrian traffic," said Tony Ortega, the president of the Armory Square Association.
Now that construction is moving down the street as phase two of the Connective Corridor project is already underway. The project picks up at Forman Park on East Genesee Street and will continue to State Street. Right now, crews are removing trees to prepare the way for summer construction. The second phase will add more walkable and bikable infrastructure, enhanced lighting and public art.
"It's important on a variety of different levels. Obviously connecting to growing parts of our community downtown and University Hill to very important economic engines of our community. Enhancing that connection, bringing people back and forth, making it safe, encouraging people to use it," said Owen Kerney, the Deputy Director of the Syracuse Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.
One of the biggest and most complicated parts of phase two is here at the end of Forman Park where East Genesee Street goes under 81.
"Through that intersection, a relatively complicated and busy and dark intersection. That's the connection. That's the crux, that connection between University Hill and Downtown," said Kerney.
Project leaders are still working out that issue out as they complete the designs for Phase two.
The final design for phase two will be completed in May. Bids for the project will go out in June. While some work is already being done, the streetscape construction won't begin until mid summer.
If you'd like to check out more of the project or designs, visit the links below: