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Lake Avenue Improvement Project

Rochester, New York

Market Sector

Surface Transportation


Roadway Design, Traffic Engineering

Services Provided

Construction Engineering and Inspection, Design



T.Y. Lin International (TYLI) completed design, contract documents, and construction phase services for the Lake Avenue Improvement Project, a locally administered federal aid project for the City of Rochester, New York. The scope of work encompassed the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Lake Avenue between Merrill Street and Burley Road, including new curbing, sidewalks, lighting, landscape, and other roadway enhancements.

TYLI analyzed the potential to reduce the width of the road segment from four lanes to two while considering traffic volumes. A primary objective for reducing the number of lanes was to slow motorists who tend to speed well in excess of the posted speed limit through this section of Lake Avenue.

The original project design proposed enhanced roadway aesthetics by incorporating a raised center median, street trees, ornamental plantings, introduction of stormwater quality structures to improve discharge quality, and new decorative light poles. Following a directive by the City of Rochester based on negative public feedback, TYLI revised the proposed design to keep the roadway at four lanes, two in each direction.

Project Highlights:

  • TYLI’s designs incorporated Complete Streets treatment to better accommodate bicyclists. This section of Lake Avenue provides a vital link between two sections of the Genesee Riverway Trail, and incorporating bike lanes strengthened that linkage.
  • The project made significant environmental strides, meeting New York State Stormwater Management Guidelines and eliminating direct, untreated stormwater discharge to the adjacent Genesee River.