Watkins Glen Gateway
The Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development (SCOPED) is pursuing federal funding through the Transportation Enhancements Program (TEP) to construct improvements to the Village of Watkins Glen Northern Gateway. This “gateway” is located along North Franklin Street (NY Rte 14). Right- of-way was manipulated to create this “gateway”, and curbs and large landscaped medians were added as a traffic-calming element. Signage and vintage race cars are included in the median. Pedestrian safety and water front accessibility were improved by organizing parking and articulating crosswalks. Tour bus needs were also addressed. Alighting assessment, consistent with the existing waterfront, was proposed throughout the corridor and extending 6 blocks into the Village. Alternatives were explored for a mixed use development on a vacant lot within the Gateway corridor. Simulations, conceptual plan graphics and cost estimates were prepared as part of the submission. Stakeholder meetings were essential to incorporating proposed developments.