COLUMBUS, Ohio - A project B&N designed to improve safety, mobility and corridor aesthetics for the City of Athens, Ohio, recently received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Ohio. The multimodal Richland Avenue Corridor Improvement Project was recognized during the annual ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards competition.
The City retained B&N to study and design a complete street solution to improve traffic safety at Richland Avenue and State Route 682, an intersection ranked on Ohio's high crash list. Located in an area that is frequented by pedestrians and bicyclists, the improvements had to provide safe passage for multimodal travelers. As a gateway to the City and nearby Ohio University, the client also emphasized aesthetic enhancements as a key project goal.
The award-winning project includes:
The Richland Avenue Corridor Improvement Project improved safety, increased roadway capacity, reduced congestion and enhanced mobility in a park-like setting. From planning through construction, B&N provided a complete streets transformation for the City of Athens.
This is the second award the Richland Avenue Corridor Improvement Project has received since it opened in the fall of 2010. The Columbus, Ohio chapter of the Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) presented B&N with the 2010 Innovative Transportation Solutions Award in January, 2011.
Andrew Stone, Athens City Engineer and Director of Public works, commended B&N's delivery of the project, stating, "This better, safer, and extremely beautiful intersection is now a true gateway to both our city and Ohio University."