Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Leave It Better: Pedestrian Connections: A New Pedestrian Bridge Provides Access to Public Transportation While Blending with a Neighboring Park

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Leave It Better: Pedestrian Connections: A New Pedestrian Bridge Provides Access to Public Transportation While Blending with a Neighboring Park

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Project:

East Street Extended, Frederick, Md.

Problem:

When a new Maryland Rail Commuter (MARC) station was built in historic downtown Frederick, the city added an important new rail and bus connection for commuters between western Maryland and downtown Washington, D.C. The problem was that there was no direct pedestrian or vehicle access to the new station. The only logical solution was to extend East Street over or through the adjacent Carroll Creek Park--an active community park.

Solution:

Working in tandem with the Maryland Transit Administration and the Maryland State Highway Administration, a team of landscape architects and engineers developed a pedestrian circulation study and subsequent plans for a bridge extension over the park. Vehicles can access the transit station via the new bridge, and pedestrians cross from either side of newly-extended East Street. These connections are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and landscaped for seasonal interest, seamlessly integrating the park with downtown Frederick and the new station. A new stone seat wall was built as part of the project to provide additional places to enjoy Carroll Creek.

Cost:

The total project cost was approximately $2. …

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