To view a PDF graphic of the Connective Corridor project timeline, click here.
The City of Syracuse, Syracuse University, National Grid, and Centro have collaborated since 2005 on a bold vision to design inviting streets and pathways throughout the Connective Corridor, to link University Hill with downtown Syracuse.
The design process began in 2006 when National Grid sponsored a community initiative to develop a vision for the Connective Corridor by gathering ideas and information from city residents, businesses, arts organizations, nonprofits, and government agencies. Six public sessions were conducted altogether, followed by a design competition.
Connector Route & Civic Strip
The Connective Corridor Project Area is made up of two sections: the Connector route and the Civic Strip. The Connector serves as the main pedestrian and bicycle transportation route between University Hill and downtown Syracuse. Transportation improvements envisioned for the Connector include dedicated bike lanes, enhanced pedestrian areas, improved lighting, and more convenient public transportation.
The Civic Strip is a predominantly pedestrian-friendly area of downtown connecting the Oncenter complex, civic institutions, and cultural organizations with Armory Square. The vision for the Civic Strip calls for streetscape enhancements, including attractive lighting, wayfinding signs, additional green space and plantings, and public art to provide a welcoming, walkable experience for those living, working, and visiting downtown Syracuse.
Funding, Design & Construction
In 2007, NY Assemblyman William Magnarelli (D-120) announced a $20 million New York State-funded project to focus on design work on the Civic Strip, as well as other improvements to the entire Connective Corridor.
In 2008, the city of Syracuse selected local engineering firm Barton & Loguidice (B&L) to begin the first phase of design work, which is focused on transportation improvements along the Connector route. Nationally-renowned urban design and landscape architecture firm OLIN Partnership of Philadelphia is partnering with B&L to implement the state-funded project in collaboration with the Connective Corridor Community Working Group.
In the summer and fall of 2011, construction began on several project areas, including University Avenue, Forman Park, Syracuse Stage Plaza and the Warehouse Hub. E. Genesee Street was bid in the fall of 2011 and will be constructed from University Avenue to Forman Avenue throughout 2012.
Final design is commencing on the remainder of the route, from Forman Avenue to West Street, and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2012. Construction will be close behind: Syracuse University, through its state funds, and Onondaga County will pool $7.2 million to match $10 million the City of Syracuse and Syracuse University received in December 2011, from the Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.
Concurrently, design and construction of multiple projects along the Civic Strip and surrounding the Oncenter Complex will occur in 2012 and 2013, using $1.9 million received by Onondaga County via a federal grant and $2 million received by Syracuse University through state grants.
To look at the projects completed by October 2011, click here.