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BSC Group Receives 2018 ASCE Transportation Award

Friday, May 25, 2018  
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BSC Group’s Route 31 Roadway Reconstruction project in Coventry is the culmination of a truly interdisciplinary effort of engineering, ecological science, and landscape architecture services. Planned in 2003 and designed and constructed over the next decade and a half, the longevity and complexity of this project have been recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) by being awarded the distinguished 2018 Transportation Award on behalf of the Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers.

 

BSC achieved a roadway design that addressed all safety issues by improving roadway connectivity, calming vehicular speeds, eliminating vertical sight distance issues, and providing a consistent roadway width throughout the entire length of the corridor. Also essential to the design was overcoming the many ecological challenges that the site posed, by replacing a pair of box culverts along the roadway as well as the installation of a 60-foot-long stone lined culvert with step pools to support aquatic life. Many of these successes were also attributable to BSC’s effective permitting strategy that required the close coordination with town staff and city agencies to ensure a smooth design process.

 

After speaking with community members, including a 30-year Coventry resident who lives less than a quarter mile from the project site, the consensus towards the project is that it has been “money well spent.” Peter McCarty, a long-time Coventry resident commented that the “final design touched on the historical elements of the downtown area, maintaining the important structures while also improving the historic look by enhancing decorative street lights, plantings, and sidewalks.

 

The redesign has also made the roadway much safer because of the new sidewalks which has attracted more foot traffic and has made the downtown area more of a destination and a place people want to be.” Perhaps one of the biggest drivers of the project was to revitalize the downtown area. Through a series of public engagement activities, BSC captured the Town’s wishes and provided significant streetscape improvements that enhanced the village’s historic and cultural character. Specific streetscape components include ornamental lighting, concrete sidewalks with accent strips, textured crosswalks, street trees, ground covers, and street furniture. Two gateway areas were also established, featuring a fountain, clock, and grinding wheel. Today, the roadway is home to new businesses and is a source of pride for residents.


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