Syracuse wins transportation project of the year

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New York Construction News staff writer

The City of Syracuse speed hump pilot project has been named transportation project of the year by the Upstate Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. The award is given to the top engineering project in the region and highlights the data-driven approach taken with the implementation of speed humps across the city.

Since 2021, the city has installed more than a dozen traffic-calming speed humps and cushions in neighborhoods, part of the vision zero initiative.  The department of public works collects radar data before and after installation to monitor changes in traffic patterns. In partnership with Fisher Associates, the works department and Syracuse Fire Department developed “speed cushion” designs that slow passenger vehicles but allow fire trucks to pass through quickly.

“Traffic calming is a key aspect of improving safety on city streets. We will continue to monitor these installations and iterate on new designs to make sure we are rolling out effective projects,” said Neil Burke, DPW director of special projects. “These installations bolster additional efforts underway that support sustainable transportation across the city.”

In January 2023, Mayor Walsh announced the City of Syracuse’s commitment to become a “vision zero” city. Vision Zero is a global initiative aimed at eliminating all traffic fatalities and serious motor vehicle injuries in cities that participate in the program. More information is available at www.visionzeronetwork.org.

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