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Bryant University Pedestrian Connection

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Bryant University | Town of Smithfield, Providence County, RI
  • Bryant University Pedestrian Connection by McMahon Associates
  • Bryant University Pedestrian Connection by McMahon Associates
  • Bryant University Pedestrian Connection by McMahon Associates
  • Bryant University Pedestrian Connection by McMahon Associates
  • Bryant University Pedestrian Connection by McMahon Associates
  • Bryant University Pedestrian Connection by McMahon Associates

McMahon was retained by Bryant University to evaluate the safety and operations of the entrance to their Smithfield campus. Road work had recently been performed at the intersection of Jacob Drive and Jacob Drive Connector, but resulted in poor performance and layout deficiencies at the intersection. As part of this work, McMahon developed conceptual improvements for traffic calming and to improve the safety of the Jacob Drive Connector intersection. As a follow up to the conceptual design, Bryant University requested McMahon to design a mountable island and curb relocation at the intersection of Jacob Drive and the Jacob Drive Connector, as well as a sidewalk connection from the Bello Center to the Academic Innovation Center for the college campus in Smithfield. McMahon inventoried the pedestrian amenities in front of the Bello Center and identified pedestrian desire lines and deficiencies in need of improvement, and developed a comprehensive lift of improvements to pedestrian facilities. The improvements included a crosswalk installation, sidewalk installation, and relocation of lighting structures. McMahon provided several options for the construction of a median island located at the Jacob Drive intersection with Jacob Drive Connector, and one of the alternatives was selected to be incorporated into the construction plans.