Tremont Road, a major urban collector in Upper Arlington, Ohio, connects residents to the main branch of the city library, an elementary school, a park, and many businesses. With failing infrastructure in need of major repairs, Burgess & Niple worked with the City of Upper Arlington to go beyond a simple two-mile reconstruction project to create an inviting, multi-modal corridor using Upper Arlington’s new Complete Streets Policy.
The B&N team enhanced bicycle and pedestrian facilities, coordinated with local transit stops, addressed intersection geometric and midblock crossing concerns, and provided cohesive aesthetic elements while minimizing right-of-way impacts.
A road diet repurposed the available room within the existing right-of-way in part of the corridor, creating space for bike lanes, tree lawns, and wider sidewalks. New shared-use paths and sharrows tied into the bike lanes, provide links for future bike connections. Two intersections with confusing geometry were simplified to a standard intersection and a mini-roundabout, provided clear paths for all users while remaining within the existing right-of-way.
The team eased the concerns of the Upper Arlington fire chief with a firetruck ride-a-long through several existing roundabouts and a final test run with a pumper truck thru the new mini roundabout. Key mid-block crossings were enhanced with medians or rapid rectangular flashing beacons for pedestrian visibility and safety. Public outreach shared the project and gathered input on intersection alternatives, bike facility types, and aesthetic choices.
Additional outreach held prior to construction to discuss maintenance of traffic phasing, temporary access concerns, and construction schedule.