Syracuse Connective Corridor




The Connective Corridor is a traffic calming project with emphasis on improving pedestrian and bicycle accommodations and public transportation to create a “Complete Street” and signature urban strip within the heart of Syracuse.  With multiple project partners and funding sources, the Connective Corridor is a good example of a successful public-private partnership.


The first phase encompasses East Genesee Street from Forman Park to University Avenue, and University Avenue between East Genesee Street and Waverly Avenue.  Two subsequent phases will extend the Corridor west along East Genesee Street and Fayette Street to the Near West Side of Syracuse.


University Avenue is an urban minor arterial. This section of the project includes improved access to businesses, a safe, dedicated, two-way cycle track, pioneering green infrastructure elements, dedicated turn lanes, new sidewalks, and energy efficient LED lighting. The design also included converting University Avenue from a one-way street to a two-way street.


East Genesee Street is a principal urban arterial and serves as the spine of the Syracuse Connective Corridor. This comprehensive streetscape reconstruction provides considerable safety improvements for all modes of travel by reducing pedestrian crossing distances, slowing traffic speeds, providing new, dedicated turning lanes, installing new pedestrian audible count-down timers, and providing new sidewalks and durable crosswalks.





As part of the Connective Corridor, the City of Syracuse and Syracuse University have teamed up with Onondaga County by participating in the County’s Save the Rain project, to reduce the current impacts of stormwater runoff to the existing combined sewer system. Green Design Strategies include:

  • Porous concrete
  • Permeable pavers
  • Tree pits
  • Stormwater planters
  • Silva-Cell® technology
  • Pipe and stone storage
  • Slow-release to Combined Sewer Overflow
  • Rain-garden “bump-outs”
  • Landscape plantings

This project has won Barton & Loguidice a 2012 ACEC New York Platinum Award in the category of Transportation.  Also, the Federal Highway Administration has recognized Phase I of the Connective Corridor a 2015 Environmental Excellence Award in the category of Collaboration and Partnership.

 B&L also received a Merit Award in the category of Built Design for the Syracuse Connective Corridor from the American Society of Landscape Architects New York Upstate Chapter.


Short video demonstrating porous pavement in action.