Route 34 Downtown Crossing
New Haven, CT
For New Haven’s Route 34, a busy thoroughfare that bisects the city, plans call for the replacement of the expressway with a pedestrian/bicycle-friendly, urban boulevard system capable of supporting future residential, commercial, and transit oriented development. The reconstruction of the highway as a boulevard will reunite the downtown area with local neighborhoods, a growing medical district, & the train station, all of which have are cut off by Route 34 and its entrance ramps to I-95/ I-91.
Through the skills of an integrated planning-design-engineering team, the team is helping the city ensure that the broader community and economic development goals of this major infrastructure project are realized. We are providing integrated services in project management, civil/highway design, structural, traffic, and environmental engineering, public outreach, landscape architecture and urban design, design support during construction, and construction inspection services.
Our grant application team o prepared a successful $16 million Federal Tiger grant application (which the City used to fund the first phase of infrastructure improvements), developed a website to keep the public informed, and is coordinating with the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT).
The project has three-phases, with construction on phase 1 nearly complete schematic design for phase 2 completed, and schematic design for phase 3 about to begin. When the project is complete, New Haven’s street grid system will be connected to the new boulevards, reuniting neighborhoods with downtown, preserving corridor mobility for all users, enhancing safety, and unlocking the economic potential for the City.