- Improve traffic safety for all street users and pedestrian and bicycle access on Broadway from St. James Street to Grand Street.
- Improve transit and traffic flow through signalization optimization from St. James Street to Foxhall Avenue.
- Enhance aesthetics of the business corridor with new sidewalks, lighting, street furniture, and bicycle facilities.
- Incorporate green infrastructure including bioswales and trees in the sidewalks to redirect stormwater away from the drainage system.
This project renovates Broadway from East St. James Street to Grand Street and will include:
- new ADA accessible sidewalks
- paving of the entire roadway
- new street lane configuration for parking, bikes, and vehicles that improve safety for all users
- synchronized traffic lights that will move vehicular traffic more quickly at a consistent, safe speed
- new traffic and wayfinding signs
- 49 bioswales that divert stormwater from flowing into the Rondout Creek, reduce the stormwater volume that goes to the city’s water treatment plant and improve water quality, and add greenery
- 2 interpretive panels that explain the bioswales
- 22 benches
- 76 new healthy street trees that are appropriate for the environment and will not heave the sidewalk
- 235 deciduous shrubs, 1470 herbaceous plants
- 23 trash and 23 recycling cans
- 28 bike racks
- removal of antiquated parking meters and the addition of modern parking kiosks
- integration with the design of the I-587 roundabout and seamless connections for pedestrians and bicyclists from one project to the other
- making a connection on the Kingston Greenline and Empire State Trail
|Funder(s) & Amounts
Updated numbers coming soon!
NYSDOT - Transportation Enhancements Program - $2,001,500
NYSDOT - Reallocated Earmark Funds - $360,000
NYSERDA - Cleaner, Greener Communities Program - $844,000
NYSDEC - Climate Smart Communities Program - $850,000
NYSEFC - Green Infrastructure Grant Program - $1,400,000
|Project Status (Updated March 2020)
The County completed the conceptual plan for the project in 2015, and the City is now responsible for moving the project forward. The City has contracted with Greenman Pedersen, Inc. (GPI) to complete the design for the project. The project currently underway is identified as phase 1 in the County's conceptual plan, and it is in the preliminary design phase. A public meeting to review the preliminary design took place on February 23, 2017 at City Hall. Comments on the preliminary design were accepted until March 24, 2017. Comments were logged for further consideration by the project staff and Technical Advisory Committee, and these comments are incorporated into reports to NYSDOT. GPI submitted a preliminary design report to NYSDOT, which was approved. The City then submitted a Final Design Report, and NYSDOT has given the City Final Design Approval.
The City and its consultants advanced Right-Of-Way (ROW) work to acquire small slivers of property on the existing sidewalk that are not within the City's highway boundary, and the ROW acquisition is complete as of August 2019. The engineers prepared Advanced Detailed Plans (ADPs) and submitted them to NYSDOT in February 2019. The City received comments on the ADPs from NYSDOT, and we have addressed them for the final construction document submittal to NYSDOT, called Plans, Specifications, and Estimates (PS&E). Once PS&E is approved by NYSDOT, the City can bid the project. The City submitted the PS&Es in August 2019 after internal review and consultation with the Tree Commission regarding tree choices for the project. The PS&E submittal can be found in the links below.
NYSDOT approved the final construction documents. The project was advertised for bid in December 2019. The bid opening was held on January 16th, 2020. The lowest bidder was Peter Luizzi & Bros Contracting Inc. from Albany, NY for $7,386,782.65. The Common Council approved funding for the project at the February 2020 Common Council meeting, and the project was awarded to Luizzi on March 3, 2020. Luizzi was given a notice to proceed on March 17, 2020.
During the week of March 23rd, 2020 Luizzi began the construction project. The first task was to remove trees in the project area before March 31, 2020, which is a requirement of environmental regulations that govern tree removal time frames to protect the endangered Indiana Bat, which can roost in trees in the spring, summer, and fall. In the coming week, Luizzi will also be setting up traffic control signage, conducting layout and stake out, removing on street parking meters, and storing materials at their staging area. Sidewalk removal and replacement will begin on April 6, 2020 in a block by block manner.
Residents, travelers, and business owners can view regular updates for this project and other projects on the City's Roadwork Update page: https://www.kingston-ny.gov/news/?FeedID=1130