In the last decade, the City of Frederick, MD has grown 18% in population and developed as an important city in the Washington DC region. Amidst this growth, East Street is an integral corridor forming the eastern edge of downtown Frederick, with many important destinations, such as the MARC train station, Carroll Creek Park, and trail crossings. However, roadway characteristics such as Right-of-Way (ROW) widths, travel lanes, sidewalks, bicycle facilities, and overall street character vary considerably in different segments of East Street and is not aligned with City’s long-term vision of making East Street an urban, mixed-use, multi-modal complete street.
Kittelson led a corridor study to reimagine 2.25 miles of East Street by analyzing existing land uses, transportation, demographic, and urban design conditions, and engaging stakeholders to make recommendations to improve the experience of pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users. These context-sensitive recommendations included filling in sidewalk gaps, streamlining lane configurations, adding separated bike lanes, installing new pedestrian crossings, and upgrading bus stops.
Reimagining Active Transportation in a Historic Corridor
The proposed designs will enhance the historic character of the corridor through innovative place-making and urban design streetscape solutions and allow pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users to use the corridor more easily and safely.