Ever drive along on Mt. Read Blvd. and wonder why it exists?
Mt. Read, at least in its current form, has always felt overbuilt and unnecessary. It’s also fairly unattractive. Interstate 390 was built after Mt. Read, which makes the road feel rather redundant.
“It’s more like an expressway. Does it need to be that?” said Eric Frisch, transportation specialist for the City of Rochester.
The city is now studying the future of Mt. Read. City Council will vote on an $85,000 contract with Bergmann to come up with a vision plan for a 4-mile stretch of the corridor, running from Stone Rd. to Buffalo Rd. The project is in partnership with the state, which owns the road.
About 18,000 cars use Mt. Read a day. The boulevard is not only showing its age, it’s got functional issues. There are a number of factories along the boulevard, including Eastman Business Park. Trucks use service roads along Mt. Read. There are issues with signals and safety and there’s congestion at Lyell Ave. It’s a brutal area for bicycles and pedestrians. There are also some brownfields, which the city has been cleaning up.
Let’s not forget Mt. Read cuts through residential neighborhoods, too. There are 15,000 people who live in streets off the road.
I’m eager to see the vision plan.
Links of the Day:
– If you build more highways and keep adding lanes, you make more traffic. Louisville is struggling with what to do about its downtown expressways. Think about Rochester when you read this.
– Rochester used to have a Main Street…with people.
– The gutting of Kodak continues with the announcement the company will stop making consumer ink jet printers.
– The Supreme Court may limit the use of race in college admissions.
– A scathing state report about the Aqueduct race track blames horse deaths on track officials.